And in the same region there were shepherds out in thefield, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angelof the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lordshone around them, and they were filled with fear. And theangel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you goodnews of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto youis born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christthe Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babywrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.“ Andsuddenly there was with the angel a multitude of theheavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in thehighest, and on earth peace among those with whom he ispleased!" Luke 2:8-14 (ESV)
When the angels went away from them into heaven, theshepherds said to one another, "Let us go over toBethlehem and see this thing that has happened, whichthe Lord has made known to us.“ And they went withhaste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying ina manger. And when they saw it, they made known thesaying that had been told them concerning this child.And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherdstold them. But Mary treasured up all these things,pondering them in her heart. And the shepherdsreturned, glorifying and praising God for all they hadheard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20 (ESV)
Shepherds Show Us:• Let’s go SEE!• …that the LORD has told US about!• They went with HASTE & FOUND Jesus• What they SAW, they made KNOWN• GLORIFY & PRAISE God!
God As Shepherd• Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd…• Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock!• 40:11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
• Jeremiah 31:10 He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.• Ezekiel 34:11-13 For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
He chose David his servant and took himfrom the sheepfolds; from following thenursing ewes he brought him to shepherdJacob his people, Israel his inheritance. Psalm 78:70-71 (ESV)
And I will set up over them one shepherd,my servant David, and he shall feed them:he shall feed them and be their shepherd. Ezekiel 34:23 (ESV)
• Shepherds connect us to King David• Shepherds connect us to King Jesus
For the Lamb in the midst of the throne willbe their shepherd, and he will guide themto springs of living water, and God willwipe away every tear from their eyes." Revelation 7:17 (ESV)
She gave birth to a male child, one who is torule all the nations with a rod of iron, buther child was caught up to God and to histhrone, Revelation 12:5 (ESV)
From his mouth comes a sharp sword withwhich to strike down the nations, and hewill rule them with a rod of iron. He willtread the winepress of the fury of the wrathof God the Almighty. Revelation 19:15 (ESV)
• Shepherds connect us to King David• Shepherds connect us to King Jesus• Shepherds connect us to WHY Jesus came to earth
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are toolittle to be among the clans of Judah, from youshall come forth for me one who is to be ruler inIsrael, whose coming forth is from of old, fromancient days… And he shall stand and shepherdhis flock in the strength of the LORD, in themajesty of the name of the LORD his God. Andthey shall dwell secure, for now he shall be greatto the ends of the earth. Micah 5:2-4 (ESV)
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherdlays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11 (ESV)
• Shepherds connect us to King David• Shepherds connect us to King Jesus• Shepherds connect us to WHY Jesus came to earth• Shepherds of Bethlehem and the Good Shepherd connect us to GOD OUR FATHER!
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all theearth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Comeinto his presence with singing! Know thatthe LORD, he is God! It is he who made us,and we are his; we are his people, and thesheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:1-3 (ESV)