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We turn our attention today to the role of the shepherds. These unsuspecting guardians of livestock find themselves visited by an angel in the middle of the night. There initial response to the light is one of fear, but the more they learn, the more their fear dissipates. I pray that you will be able to come away from this sermon with a deeper understanding of the role that “Light” plays in your life. It will either produce anxiety and dread, or a joy unspeakable. In the end, the shepherds “hurried off” and found the baby Jesus, and their lives were never the same. May we all be changed as we encounter Christ this Christmas.
The theme of God being a shepherd and his people being sheep is a common one in scripture. Jesus identifies himself with the shepherd God of Psalm 23, and the significance of his followers hearing and responding to the voice of their Shepherd.
Jesus is the true shepherd who feeds and satisfies his sheep and so we are called to be filled and be full on His meal. The passage clearly shows that the sheep need a shepherd, but we the sheep must respond to the shepherd's meal.
When we think of “freedom” we often think of our American Constitution, which outlines the liberties and rights of our citizenship in this country. But is that the right framework to think of our spiritual freedom in? See what God says about true freedom from sin, addiction, and the empty promises of this world.
Psalm 23 is perhaps a 'familiar' one for many; this is both good and bad. It is good because knowing God's Word can be a tremendous blessing. It is bad because if we think we are familiar with Scripture we need to look again (i.e., even "familiar" passages have more depth than we know...we will never completely plumb the depths of God's Word). While a portion of this sermon deals with the "why" of this series, both the sermon and the devotional guide (I pray) will prove helpful.
Sometimes God’s people just simply need to be reminded of God’s compassion and loving care. This was true for people of Israel and Judah. They had experienced many difficulties and struggles, and were at times overcome with their own sense of inadequacy and physical and spiritual exhaustion. God in his mercy told Isaiah the prophet to speak words of comfort to his people. We are not unlike our spiritual ancestors, needing to hear our God speak words of comfort over us.
Whenever I think of the term “shepherd,” I think of the birth narrative, where an angel of the Lord appeared to a number of shepherds to tell them that Jesus had been born. I also think of someone full of wisdom watching over many who are not quite as smart and who need guidance for life. It is a common understanding that a shepherd is a person who watches over and cares for a herd or flock of animals. The animals are quite dependent upon the shepherd for his or her protection and provision. In modern day thinking, shepherds are still prevalent where livestock is in need of guidance and care. In the corporate world, an example of shepherds would be those who are CEOs or owners of businesses. Those who are mindful of caring about others will take efforts to ensure that both their employees and customers are well cared for. When it comes to life itself, where can a person find a reliable shepherd to care for them, a person who has there for every need? Our culture will tell you that such a person is non-existent. However, the Bible has a different answer for us.
Jesus put HImself forth as the Good Shepherd, but who are the sheep? And what do sheep do? Pastor Dan Darling continues to share Biblical truth and practical insights from one of Jesus' most profound and powerful discourses on eternal life.
This is the Great Good Shepherd discourse by Jesus. Delivered in response to the miracle at the temple in John 9 and given to reassure those who followed him that He was the true Shepherd. This gives us great insight into what kind of Shepherd Jesus and why we can trust Him.