Monday, September 24, 2012

Great Shepherd

Not many people saw and worshipped baby Jesus when He was born 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem. Those who met baby Jesus were the shepherds who kept watch over their flocks out in the field at night and some magi (astrologers presumably from Persia) from the east who kept seeking the signs of Christ’s coming.

We read in, Matthew 2:11-12;

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

We further read the full story of the shepherds how they saw the baby Jesus when He was born in Luke 2:8-20;

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christa the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told.

From the passages above, there are the two kinds of people who met Jesus when He was born and who will meet Jesus when He returns to rule as the King of kings;

(1)   Those who watch over the flocks at night – Faithful servants of Christ in His Church

(2)   Those who are eagerly waiting for the Glorious Return of Christ

We Christians are the faithful servants of Christ regardless of the positions we take in the Church, keeping watch over the flock of Christ day and night.

Paul said in Acts 20:28-31;

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

Peter said in, 1 Peter 5:4;

“And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.”

Here is the sure promise of the Lord:

The Great Good Shepherd will give us a crown of glory and honor when He returns if we keep watch over ourselves, our children and the members of Church with tears in prayer. Amen.

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