Volume 3 No 5
We read in Luke 2:8 that it was the ‘shepherds in the field, keeping watch over their flocks at night’ to whom the angels declared the arrival of our Saviour. Have you ever pondered the significance of this?
What do Shepherds symbolise in the scriptures? In Jeremiah 23:1 we read of the shepherds (The word ‘ra ah’ is used interchangeably to mean shepherds and pastors) who were destroying and scattering the sheep. In the parable of the sower/ seeds, Christ says that the ‘field’ symbolises the world (Matthew 13:38). And in the first chapter of the book of John, Christ is described as bringing light into the darkness of the world.
Before Christ was born, the world, led by the shepherds of the law, was living in the darkness of legalism and the old covenant. When we walk in darkness, without the Light, we stumble (John 11:10) But to the shepherds, a new message of hope and renewal was given for the world. “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’” (Luke 2:10). Everyone was now included in the plan of salvation, through Christ our Lord!
Christ did away with the old shepherds of the law, by implementing the law of love and new shepherds to care for his flock. In John 21 Simon Peter is told to be the first of the new shepherds, and to take care of and feed the flock. And through Face to Face magazine we continue in his footsteps, bringing you our readers, the Good News that is all about Christ, and the mind changing reality that is living your life in him.
Too often the significance of the Christmas story is overlooked as a result of commercialism and familiarity. Nativity scenes get stale and as moth eaten as the shepherds garments... Angels are just plastic figurines wearing halos and the little doll gets carelessly laid in a dusty manger, forgetting that he represents our Saviour. Let’s make Christmas alive again this year. Let’s put Christ in his right place, in the very beginning of Christmas.
May you have a Christ centred festive season, safe travels and may 2012 be filled with His richest blessings for you and your loved ones, Tim.
Who would you think of as your greatest inspirational leader of all time?