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The Lamb Will Be Their Shepherd

By David Robinson/ December 6, 2015

Series  Advent 2015: Christmas Unwrapped

Context  Westminster Chapel Toronto

Topic  Person Of Christ

Scripture  Revelation 7:9-8.5

God Himself is the perfect shepherd cleansing, protecting and providing for His people.

Scripture:  Revelation 7:9-8:5

Sermon Notes:

  1. Pastors are given the task of caring for the needs of the sheep and preventing them from going astray or getting lost or injured.
  2. God Himself promises to be the perfect shepherd (Ezekiel 34:15-16; Psalm 23).
  3. Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:14-15).  No one can snatch even one of Jesus’ sheep (John 10:27-29).
  4. Five sermon points are: purity, protection, provision, praise, and prayer.
  5. Purity: Jesus purifies the sheep, cleansing them and placing them in white robes, washed in the blood of the lamb (Rev. 7:14).
  6. Our sin is like a filthy garment which renders us unclean before God (Isa. 64:6).
  7. Advent is a season of penance.  We confess our sins, recognizing that we need to be clothed in Christ’s righteousness.
  8. Protection: the sheep receive Christ’s protection in danger and trials. Those in white robes have come out of the great tribulation.
  9. God’s abiding presence goes with us in tribulation. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Rev. 7:17 cf. Psalm 56:8).
  10. Provision: Jesus provides for the basic need of the soul. Jesus is the desire of the nations, the joy of every longing heart.
  11. In Jesus the hunger of the soul is satisfied (Psalm 107:9) primarily through His Word.
  12. Praise: the place of the saints is before the throne praising the Lamb (Rev. 7:9-12).
  13. Many Christmas carols strongly and explicitly proclaim the message of the gospel.
  14. Prayer: the prayers of God’s people are offered before the throne of God, where our prayers are mixed with incense, purifying them to be acceptable to God.
  15. The prayers of God’s people are powerful for shaking up the earth (Rev. 8:3-5).

Application Questions:

  1. What protection and provision does the Lamb provide for us as our Shepherd?
  2. How does Isaiah 64:6 portray our spiritual condition outside Christ?  How can we be made clean?
  3. How can we cultivate love for the Desire of Nations this season?  How will we receive Him?
  4. What opportunities might we create this season to share the message of Christmas through singing Christ-exalting carols?