There is nothing like the Christmas season. Getting together with family, great food, great friends, parties, exchanging of gifts, decorations etc. One of my favorite things about Christmas is listening to carols. Walking around the malls hearing carols that are literally worshiping Jesus. People saved and unsaved lifting up the name of Jesus whether they know it or not, creating an atmosphere unlike any other time of year. The bible says, “as we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.” Through the carols around Christmas the whole world is drawing near to Him which is so powerful.
The other thing we can’t help to do is think about the birth our Messiah. The time when Heaven invaded earth in the form of a man named Jesus. The One that was prophesied for thousands of years would finally enter time as a baby boy born in a manger. Jesus has many characteristics that make Him who He is. Christmas is a perfect opportunity every year to reflect on those identities.
One of them is He is an amazing Shepherd.
Matthew 2:5-6 says:
So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it is written by the prophet:
But you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah. From out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
Jesus didn’t just come to Rule and Lord over us, He came to shepherd us. Shepherds care for their sheep, they watch over them, they guard them and they guide them.
And ultimately shepherds are willing to give their lives for their sheep. I’m so grateful Jesus cares for me and is watching and guiding me throughout my life. So many times I’ve been off track in my life only to find Jesus coming after me to help me get back on track. He will leave the 99 to make sure the 1 is taken care of. He’s not afraid of our mess. Sheep can be messy but that doesn’t scare Him off. He is always close and willing to help or even correct if need be just like a great shepherd does.
In 1 Peter 5:1-4 the bible calls Jesus the “Chief Shepherd” and calls us as leaders in the church to “shepherd the flock that is amongst us. “ “Not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;…
Jesus expects us to take after Him and continue to care for His people. We are why He died on a cross, and everyone is important to Him.
Let’s give thanks this Christmas season for the great Shepherd that He is to us, and let’s be that person for someone else.