Advent: The Leader We Long For

by Perryn Pettus

by David Cho

About David: David is the Assistant Pastor and the Director of Discipleship and Faith and Work at Citylife Church of Boston, Massachusetts. After completing his B.A. at Tufts University, David resumed his studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he completed his M.Div. in 2007. David is an avid Minnesota sports fan, and thus is frequently in pain.  He currently resides with his wife Sharon in Savin Hill (Dorchester), where they enjoy reading and experiencing the idiosyncrasies of their neighborhood.

Highlighted Text:  Zechariah 6:12-13
M’Cheyne TextZechariah 6; John 9

Leadership:  Jim Collins, in his best-selling book, Good to Great, wrote, “Good-to-great executives were all cut from the same cloth…individuals who blended extreme personal humility with intense professional will…a study in duality:  modest and willful, humble and fearless…quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing, understated…[but with] a ferocious resolve, an almost stoic determination to do whatever needed to be done to make the company great…and they would do it – quietly, doggedly, simply.”

Priest-King:  The ancient prophet Zechariah once spoke of a leader just like this who was to come, “Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord.   It is he who will build the temple of the Lord, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne.  And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two’” [1].

Jesus:  Hundreds of years later, there would come a man who would bring harmony between the two – who would be both sovereign and merciful, all-powerful yet humble, just and gracious – with a ferocious resolve to do whatever it took to make the world – and us – great.  A King in a temple, a Priest on a throne, God become man – the very kind of leader that this world is dying for.  And the only one who can save it.  And the only one who did.

Prayer:  Father, In human history, we have seen leaders with sovereign power and a ferocious resolve.  But too often they have trampled over us.  At the same time, we have known leaders with humble graciousness and unending mercy.  But too often they have failed us.  Direct us again, this advent season, to the only One who brings harmony between the two – and who, in doing so, has saved us – and our dying world.  Amen.



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[1] Zechariah 6:12-13

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