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Why Tell Shepherds?

Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Notes – December 22, 2019

Series Title: Views of the Birth of Christ

Today’s Title: Why Tell Shepherds?

Today’s Text: Luke 2:8-20

 

Shepherds keeping watch over their flock by night

 

Why Did the Angel Come to Shepherds?

  • Because God sent the King of Kings to reach the lowest of the low

- Shepherds were looked down upon

- GOD’S PRIORITY FOR THE POOR

            - The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12

            - The Sheep and the Goats – Matthew 25:31-46

 

  • Because Jesus would become the Lamb of God

- Called the “Lamb of God” by John the Baptist - John 1:29, 36

- 31 times in Revelation, Jesus referred to as the “Lamb”

 

  • Because Jesus is the Good Shepherd

- Isaiah 53:6 – we’ve all gone astray

- John 10:11-17

- The Good Shepherd is self-less

- The Good Shepherd is inclusive  

 

  • Because the church needs shepherds

- John 21:15-17 – Jesus to Peter; “do you love me?”

- 1 Peter 5:1-5 – Peter instructs leaders

- Acts 20:28-29 – Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian elders

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