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The Christmas Sheep Part 4

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:4-5

When we think about Christmas, we think about the Nativity. When we envision the Nativity, we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by animals, specifically sheep. As we learned from previous posts, Jesus is our Good Shepherd, we know the Saviors voice and we follow him. The Shepherd  also lays down his life and protects the sheep

What if one of those sheep gets lost? The Good shepherd leaves the other 99 sheep to go find his 1 lost sheep. Remember Jesus said “we belong to the shepherd”, you were bought with a price of Jesus blood (1 Corinthians 6:20) you belong to Christ and he goes looking for his lost sheep!

Notice what happens when Christ finds his sheep, he puts them on his shoulders and rejoices! He didn’t condemn the lost sheep because the price was already paid for their debt.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:7

All of Heaven rejoices when that lost sheep is found and repents of their sins. Just as in the way the sky was filled with angels glorifying the birth of our Savior! The sky is celebrating with angels every time a lost sheep comes home to the Good Shepherd

If your lost, come to the manger. Come to the Good Shepherd who you belong to! Let the heaven rejoice by your return to God Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 3

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

When we think of Christmas, we think about the Nativity scene and we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by animals, especially sheep. I want you to envision yourself one of those sheep if you are a follower of Christ. Jesus says “ He is the Good Shepherd and gives his life for the sheep”.

We must remember this during Christmas, even though its joyful we celebrate the coming of the Messiah (Christ) we must also remember that Jesus came to give his life for us. It starts with the manger , and then the cross, and eventually it is completed at the tomb when Jesus defeats sin and death

But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. John 10:12

Jesus warns us to watch out for the wolves among the sheep. They will deceive many and eventually devour them. Jesus compares false teachers and false prophets to wolves (Matthew 7:15) But as Jesus says “They don’t own the sheep”, If Jesus is your Shepherd you belong to him! Cling to the Shepherd and stay away from the wolves of this world

The Sheep are scattered, however we still belong to the Shepherd, we still answer the voice of the Shepherd, and the Shepherd still protects us! No matter where you are, Jesus is in your midst! Cling to the Shepherd because he loves you and you belong to Him

So this Christmas, envision yourself at the manger with your Savior. You have answered his voice, and he has given his life for you! No matter where you are, the good Shepherd and watching over you! Amen!

The Christmas Sheep Part 2

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8

Again as we think about Christmas, we think about the Nativity scene, we think about the baby Jesus being surrounded by sheep. Here we see Shepherds out at night with their sheep. This was very common in Bethlehem as its biggest industry was the raising of sheep

Now I want you to picture yourself as those sheep. You are out in the world, doing your own thing, when suddenly your going to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:9-12

An angel, which is the translation of the Greek word angelos, meaning messenger. A messenger from God told them the Good News (gospel) that a Savior has been born for the entire world! Not only that here is the sign! The sign is a baby lying in a manger.

Now remember God gave a previous sign to Isaiah, saying a Virgin will give birth to a Son (Isaiah 7:14) Now another sign, that Son is lying in a manger. So what do you do? Remember the sheep of Jesus listen to his voice. Those who are the sheep of Jesus answer his calling

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Luke 2:15

So the sheep led by the shepherds made their way to Bethlehem to see their Savior. Are you answering the voice of the Shepherd? Are you making your way to the manger to sit beside the Savior?

Feed His Sheep

But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus. John 21:4

Peter felt defeated, he denied his Lord three times and believed Jesus was dead. Not to mention the disciples were in hiding, for fear of being killed also by the Romans. So Peter didn’t know what else to do with his life at this point, so he returned to what he knew best, he went fishing.

Did you ever feel this way? Did you ever feel like you failed and let God down? Feel like he would never accept you again? This is exactly how Peter felt at this moment but our Gods mercy endures forever.

(John 21:5) “He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered”

What the disciples didn’t realize was Jesus was the man standing on the shore calling out to them. See Peter thought Jesus would be done with him, when in fact the opposite, Jesus came back looking for them including Peter.

Jesus will never leave us or stop loving us. We may think we messed up for the last time, but Jesus mercy is everlasting. He will always love you just as he did Peter.

(Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Your relationships with people might change on a daily basis, but one thing you can count on is your Lord Jesus Christ always remains the same. He stands on his promises with mercy and love. You know in this life there are a lot of “fair weather” friends but Jesus is the “all weather” friend, he will stick by you thru the storms and the sunshine.

(John 21:17) “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Jesus message to Peter and the disciples was “ Feed my Sheep” What did he mean by this? He was telling his disciples to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world. As it’s written we can’t live on bread alone but the bread of the word of God.

See we can physically feed our bodies but still be sick, we need to spiritually feed our bodies with the Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ.  It’s your time to dust yourself up, Jesus still loves you and he needs you to “Feed his Sheep” in Jesus name Amen