This is why Christmas happened.

Scripture: 1 John 3:7-8

ESV Text: 1 John 3:7-8

1 John 3:7-8 (Listen)

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 711:
See in Yonder Manger Low

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1. See in yonder manger low,  
Born for us on earth below, 
See the gentle Lamb appears,  
Promised from eternal years. 
Hail, the ever- blessed morn;  
Hail redemption’s happy dawn; 
Sing through all Jerusalem:  
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 

2. Lo, within a stable lies  
He who built the starry skies, 
He who, throned in height sublime,  
Sits amid the cherubim. 
Hail, the ever- blessed morn;  
Hail redemption’s happy dawn; 
Sing through all Jerusalem:  
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 

3. Sacred Infant, all divine,  
What a tender love was Thine, 
Thus to come from highest bliss  
Down to such a world as this. 
Hail, the ever- blessed morn;  
Hail redemption’s happy dawn; 
Sing through all Jerusalem:  
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 

4. Teach, oh, teach us, holy Child,  
By Thy face so meek and mild, 
Teach us to resemble Thee  
In Thy sweet humility. 
Hail, the ever- blessed morn;  
Hail redemption’s happy dawn; 
Sing through all Jerusalem:  
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!” 


Those who were supposed to shepherd Israel had not, so the God would step in and be the Good Shepherd.

Scripture: Ezekiel 34:1-16, 31

ESV Text: Ezekiel 34:1-16, 31

Ezekiel 34:1-16 (Listen)

Prophecy Against the Shepherds of Israel

34:1 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.

“Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, declares the Lord God, surely because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild beasts, since there was no shepherd, and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: 10 Thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

The Lord God Will Seek Them Out

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

Ezekiel 34:31 (Listen)

31 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 34

     1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

     7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. 11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 436:
The Lord’s My Shepherd

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1. The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want; 
He makes me down to lie 
In pastures green; He leadeth me 
The quiet waters by. 

2. My soul He doth restore again 
And me to walk doth make 
Within the paths of righteousness, 
E’en for His own name’s sake. 

3. Yea, tho’ I walk in death’s dark vale, 
Yet will I fear no ill; 
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod 
And staff me comfort still. 

4. My table Thou hast furnished 
In presence of my foes; 
My head Thou dost with oil anoint, 
And my cup overflows. 

5. Goodness and mercy, all my life, 
Shall surely follow me; 
And in God’s house forevermore 
My dwelling place shall be.