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John 10: 11, 14: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
1 Peter 5:4: “and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Our pastor used to live in Wyoming, and among his many encounters, he got to know a local shepherd and wanted to learn about his occupation of caring for sheep. One morning, while the shepherd was rousing the flock to wake up, our pastor saw the shepherd tend to some sheep that had rolled over on their sides. Sheep are similar to turtles; if they fall over sleeping, they need help getting up. They can actually die from asphyxiation if they’re not righted, because they cannot get up on their own. The shepherd would help right the sheep, massaging their legs until they could stand and move on their own. This puzzled our pastor; he asked the shepherd why did he keep those sheep, for all the trouble they caused him. Why didn’t he just get rid of them?

The shepherd looked at our pastor in amazement. He told him he wouldn’t get rid of them; those were some of his best sheep! They were incredibly loyal, and would never wander away from him. They knew the sound of his voice.

(Now, our pastor told us this tale in his own sermon series recently on Jesus: I Am; so, if I’ve quoted the story incorrectly, I’m sure he’ll set me straight. :-) )

We are sheep, and we need a Good Shepherd. Jesus is that Shepherd. He cares for us, protects us, and even corrects us when we stray. Jesus contrasted the Good Shepherd with hirelings who don’t take care of sheep, who run at the first sign of trouble. Jesus isn’t that way; we know the sound of His Voice, and are dependent on him.

Peter writes in 1 Peter, chapter 5, verse 4, that those who care for God’s flock will receive that crown of glory from the Chief Shepherd…and this Shepherd is also Jesus.

Something to think about!

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verse 15: “And it came about when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

Shepherd 1: “Sure is a quiet night tonight.”
Shepherd 2: “Yes, just like all the other nights.”
Shepherd 1: “Yes. Except for the occasional wild animal threatening the sheep, it’s really pretty boring out here.”
Shepherd 2: “Yes. Nothing ever really happens out here at night.”

Now, I am not saying that that’s what the shepherds “watching their flocks by night” said on that first Christmas night. I can only imagine it was work as usual for them. I can imagine I might think these thoughts if I were in their shoes. During Biblical times, being a shepherd was one of those jobs not known for its prestige or fame. It was a common job that was necessary.

But that night was different.

It was to these shepherds that the most spectacular invitation on record was given. An angel told them of the Good News, that the Promised One, the Messiah, was born this night on earth. The angel and heavenly chorus announced the event to these common laborers. God could’ve announced the birth to any type of citizen He wanted to….but He chose the shepherds. After all, when you think about it…what more appropriate people to tell the news about He who is the Good Shepherd, He who is the Lamb of God… than to shepherds?

Merry Christmas!

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