The Shepherds and the Birth of the Good Shepherd

By Lauren M.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2:8-9, NIV)

“I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep…” (John 10:14, KJV)

Some persons and companies who want to share important news with the public hold a press conference or submit a press release. But when Jesus was born on earth, God didn’t announce His birth to influential people like politicians or religious leaders who had influence with the masses. Instead, He sent His angels to a bunch of simple shepherds.

Why did God choose to first share the great news about Jesus’ birth with these outcasts of ancient Israel instead of with more influential individuals? Perhaps He had several reasons why. Maybe one of reasons is because these humble shepherds were very special in their own way. After all, what they experienced in a typical work day was something similar to what the Good Shepherd experienced during His stay on earth.

Image courtesy of Jo@net

The shepherds took care of weak and clueless sheep, fed them when they were hungry, looked for them when they were lost, and even risked their own lives to protect them from fierce enemies and from their own stupid tendencies. During His ministry on earth, the Good Shepherd took care of weak and clueless people, fed them with His Word when they were spiritually hungry, and gathered the lost sheep of Israel. Ultimately, He did not just risk His own life but actually gave His life to redeem people from the bondage of the enemy and from their own sin.

A joyful Christmas to everyone from Shepherd’s World!

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