“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. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:8-10)
Jesus Is The Good Shepherd
Why would God send angels to announce the Saviour’s Birth to ordinary men taking care of their sheep in the field? God loves using symbols to simplify the truth behind His messages. For example, Jesus spoke a lot in parables. Thus, the image is deeply embedded and transforming. Shepherds and flocks are common daily sight in Biblical days. A Sheep needs daily tender care; Shepherds have the responsible of tenderly caring for the sheep. It is the duty of the shepherd to provide adequate shelter, feed, guide and protect the flocks from danger.
In the Bible, we are spiritually likened to sheep and Jesus is likened to the Good Shepherd. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11).As sheep need to be cared for by the shepherd; we also need spiritual nurturing for total well-being. God using shepherd to deliver the message of Christ as Saviour is simple and important. God brands this image in our minds so that we can remember and apply this simple truth to our lives.
He Is With Us In His Word
Jesus Christ is the good shepherd. The gate keeper who watches over His sheep to keep and protect them. Whilst the devil is the stranger, the wolf who comes to attack the sheep, (John 10:10. That is why the Bible warns us to give primary attention to the word of God. “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22).
When we give attention to the Word of God, it is like a sheep following the Shepherd to peace and safety. Instead of allowing the enemy to fill your mind with thoughts of fear, worry, confusion, and discouragement, God wants you to ask for what you need in agreement with God’s promises in the Bible. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Do Not Be Afraid
Our world may be in trouble and we may be living in uncertain times but God is in control. When God sent His Son, Jesus Christ into this world, He gave all His love and His best to save us. Today, Jesus is calling you to come and find rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29).