We have psychics and the like today. How do we know that the Old Testament prophets weren’t just a real good psychic?
The top reason is the clear and detail picture they paint of the One who is foreshadowed.
In Jeremiah, we see such a picture…
We see a people scattered because of bad leadership. Jeremiah 23:1-4.
Many of you know the impact of bad leadership. People want to scatter. And many times they do scatter. Turn over rates are high under bad leadership.
In Jeremiah’s time, the leaders of Israel scattered the people instead of gathering them. They were supposed to draw the people closer to God. They were supposed to care for them. They were supposed to lead them to safety.
Instead the leaders took the people away from God, away from care, away from safety.
Jesus dealt with this same thing. A religious elite who scattered people away from God. Jesus called them out for it. And that’s what got him killed.
The remedy of bad leadership is good leadership. And Jeremiah looked forward to this Leader of leaders.
Jesus is the King of the Scattered. Jeremiah 23:5-6.
Jeremiah tells us there will be someone coming who will be from David.
A King who will rule.
A King who will be wise.
A King who will be righteous.
A King who will be just.
A King who will save.
A King who will be safe.
A King who will be the righteousness of others.
Pretty much everything we want in a leader.
When Jesus showed up, people recognized him as this King.
The wise men came to worship the toddler Jesus as King of the Jews.
The angel told Mary that the baby conceived by the Holy Spirit would be the King from David’s line that would rule forever.
Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin and John the Baptist’s mom, called the zygote Jesus “Lord.”
Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband and John the Baptist’s dad, called Jesus the King from the line of David.
The mass of people during the Triumphant Entry called Jesus King.
Jesus also considered himself the King of the Scattered…
He accepted the praise of the people as King.
He was troubled that Jerusalem (the people of Israel) wouldn’t let themselves be gathered.
He told Pilot he was the King of the Jews when that would be his death sentence.
Psychics today, when they get something right, they do so in very vague terms. “There will be an earthquake this year.”
Jeremiah and other prophets show the foreshadowed Jesus in very vivid detail.
But what does this King do?
He does a new thing. Jeremiah 23:7-8.
When the people of Israel come back from exile, this will cause a new anchor point for Israel.
For 1,000 years, the anchor point was the exodus from Egypt. Now the anchor point will be the return from “lands north.”
And when Jesus, the King of the Scattered, shows up, he will give new anchor points.
He told us as much.
He said that new wine required new wine skins.
He told his disciples that they’ll see even greater things if they had faith.
The King of the Scattered always gives new anchor points. Anchor points of the faith. Anchor points that will keep us moving.
But so what? So what that there is a King of the Scattered?
For those who consider themselves gathered by this King, the implications are huge. We don’t want to be the leaders who scatter. We are the body of this King. And if this King was here to gather, then we should too.
Follow Jesus. Are you actively following him?
Own a role. Each body part has a role. What is your role in gathering the scattered?
Serve people with that role. Leadership isn’t about power, votes and positions. It is about serving others. Are you serving others?
When the gathered do these. They will gather the scattered.