This is the seventh Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active,
object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true
reason for the season! Each day
snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social
Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of
Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday as we journey with Jesus this Christmas!
Where I live there are not many real shepherds of which to take a photo; in fact, I don't think I have ever seen a real live shepherd in my life!
During the Christmas season shepherds seem plentiful in nativity scenes everywhere though. And what a reminder they are of how Jesus cares for each of us; He laid down His very life for us to save us from our sin!
I had thought of taking a photo of the shepherds in our Nativity scene, but since I haven't unpacked it to decorate for Christmas yet...Normally we decorate as a family a day or so after Thanksgiving, but this year we weren't able to be together. So here I am...putting off decorating by myself!
I do have my copy of Max Lucado's children's book -
So I chose to capture a pic from it! This is such a precious Christmas story that reminds children (as well as adults) just how special we each are to the Good Shepherd!
The shepherds were some of the first entrusted with the Good News that the Savior was born. No, God didn’t choose the rich, the well-educated, the influential. He chose common shepherds. This just shows me again how great God’s love is for us; He doesn’t want anyone to not hear the Gospel! It’s not for an elite group; it’s for an elect group – anyone and everyone who believes trusting Jesus as our Savior…our Shepherd.
This verse says a good shepherd lays down his life, he cares for the sheep, he protects the sheep, he gathers the sheep, he knows his own sheep. Think about the many ways God has cared for you today. He knows everything about each of us and still cares and loves us. He is our protector. The question is – do we know Him? Jesus says “My own know Me.” If you don’t know Jesus, you can! You do not have to be a lost sheep wandering all by yourself. The Good Shepherd has come searching for you to make you His own.
Let’s be like the shepherds from that first Christmas night and share the Good News that Jesus, the Son of God, has come to save and give life. Hope is found in Him!
Keep your eyes open during this Christmas season for shepherds and let them remind you of this Christmas devotion and how much the Good Shepherd loves you!