Word for Today
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Luke 2:8-9
God first announced the birth of the King of kings to lowly shepherds. This bears a significance that we may not fully grasp. King David was first a shepherd. King Jesus was first a Lamb. We are all counted as sheep and Christ is described as our Shepherd.
Phillip Keller has written a book entitled A Shepherd Looks At the Psalm 23. The book helps us understand why God uses the shepherd – sheep analogy to help us understand Christ and how He cares for us.
shopping and tinsel and shiny wrapped gifts. It’s trees with lights and wreaths on our doors. Christmas is packages, presents and smells; cookies and cakes and doorknobs with bells. Christmas is the one time of year we are all rather patient and even folks who don’t believe will worship at Christmas.
Why is Christmas so special? Did you ever wonder?
I believe it is because of what the angel told those shepherds!
Without the baby having been born in a manger in Bethlehem, without Christ Jesus, we wouldn’t have Christmas.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.