John 10:11-15, Psalm 23:1-4
When we think of the Nativity many of us go to the main star, Baby Jesus. Although there is nothing wrong with that, if we look at each of those behind Jesus and before Him, it glorifies the King that much more fully. Today, I'm discussing the shepherd.
Ancient societies typically took their weakest family member and sent them to the fields of sheep. Throughout the Bible we see shepherds that were seen as the weakest, be strongholds for the Kingdom, people such as Abel, Issac, Rachel, and David. They spent their days with animals, protecting them from predators, and yet earning barely anything. The shepherd would put their life in danger in order to protect even just a single sheep. Just the same, if one was lost they would search, leaving the entire flock until the lost sheep was found.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them[a] and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. 13 This happens because he is a hired man and doesn’t care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd. I know My own sheep, and they know Me, 15 as the Father knows Me, and I know the Father. I lay down My life for the sheep.
Think about the significance of the angels coming and telling the shepherds of the birth of the Savior. Those in society who were not good enough for important jobs, were of the first to be directed to the Son of God. This also reflects that Jesus was to become the Good Shepherd. Because of His love, He became the ultimate sacrifice, laying down His life for every single one of us. We are His sheep and as we set up our nativities, let us remember the goodness of our Shepherd.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.