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The Lord is not your shepherd until the shepherd is your Lord

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(BY: BRO. PAENG SANTOS) Christianity if not Christ-Centered is like the Solar System without the Sun. The Bible tells us, “For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

In Luke 1 from verse 26 to 38, we see the birth of Jesus foretold, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee (to a Virgin name Mary) Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favoured woman! The Lord is with you!” Mary, was confused and disturbed, and tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favour with God!

Gabriel further explained: You will conceived and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

Finally, Mary understood and in full trust accepted to partner with God in His divine plan of salvation. Then the miraculous birth happened. A child is born, the supreme gift is given us; and Mary, still a virgin and full of grace, (not divinity) became the earthly mother of our Lord Jesus. The miraculous birth of Jesus did not make Mary a divine person. She was part of God’s divine plan of salvation. She could refuse, but she chose to trust and obey.

Jesus, the supreme gift is the one and only Son of God from eternity past to eternity future. From the Holy Writ in John 1:1-3, (NLT) we read: In the beginning the Word already existed. The word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

As we continue, verse 14 tell us; So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

In his adult life, during his ministry, Jesus asked the apostles, “who do you think I am? Peter answered, You are the Son of the Living God! In his transfiguration, a loud voice from heaven was heard, “this is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy; and commanded, “Listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5). But are we listening? Do we trust and obey and follow his examples?

Jesus  himself declared: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). During his ministry, Jesus referred to himself as the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:11) and also as the “Vine” (John 15:5). A sheep without shepherd is a strayed and lost sheep; likewise, a branch apart from the main vine becomes nothing.

Clearly, from the passages stated above as recorded in the Holy Writ, we need to maintain and strengthen our “Shepherd-Sheep” and “Vine-Branches” relationship and intimacy with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He is now seated in his right place of honor at the right hand of God the Father (Psalm 110:1). He went ahead to prepare a place for us and promise to return to take us unto himself so that where he is, there we will be also.

Our faith must not be difficult to detect when Christ comes. The Body of Believers (The Church) are supposed to look and act if we are to be acceptable to Him. We must be doing his work and we must be living his teachings. He must recognize us quickly and easily as truly being members of His body.

When He returns and we say we are believers, then we had surely better be demonstrating it. Yes, in that great final hour, the Shepherd knows his sheep. They recognize his voice and hear when he calls.  So where is Christ in your life? Remember, the Lord is not your shepherd until the shepherd is your Lord

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY




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