Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. For [he’s giving us the reason now], you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way...
Out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. (Micah 5:2, NIV)
David was the greatest king God’s people ever had. But he had his own sins and flaws. You will never find a leader who is everything you think a shepherd should be.
The good news of the gospel is that God himself has come to be your shepherd. Other shepherds may disappoint you. But those who trust in Christ will not be put to shame. If your trust has been betrayed, you need to know that there is a shepherd who is greater than David.
Jesus Christ is that shepherd: “He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord” (5:4). He is God with us, the arm of the Lord revealed. David saved his sheep from lions and bears, but Christ is able to save you from dark despair, the slavery of sin, and the second death.
Not only is Jesus able to save you, he is able to keep you through every trial of life in this dark world until he presents you faultless and with great joy in the presence of God.
The last glimpse this world had of Jesus was when he hung on a cross, led like a lamb to the slaughter. This world looks for a future without Christ, but the lion of the tribe of Judah will come in glory and every eye will see him.
React to this: “God himself has come to be your shepherd.”