The shepherd seeks after us. “I am the Good Shepherd,” Jesus said. “The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
How far does he search? To the ends of the earth. How long does He search? As long as it takes.
And then, how completely does He remove our sin? As far as the east is from the west.
“God rest ye merry, gentlemen” and women and children and teenagers. God rest us merry, everyone. Let us rest in the knowledge that although we go astray, no place is too far to be sought for, searched out, picked up, carried close, and brought home again. Rejoiced over and given a place at His side.
“Jesus Christ, the Savior, was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we were gone astray.” When we are gone astray, even a part of our heart, or a portion of our hope, or a piece of our mind. He seeks and brings it home.
Truly, these are “tidings of comfort and joy.”
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