Thoughts: We do not see pictures of Jesus scattering corn for chickens or herding cattle or currying horses. But we have seen many pictures of Jesus surrounded by sheep of all sizes and cradling a lamb in his arms.
Two of the many names we have for Jesus are the Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God. We know the parable of the 99 sheep which are safely in the fold, but the good shepherd goes to search for the one lost sheep. In the Christmas story, shepherds are the only workingmen who are told by angels of Jesus’ birth.
Being a shepherd in Jesus’ time was dangerous. They faced a constant threat of wild animals which attacked the sheep. Shepherds risked their own lives to save their sheep.
Discussion: What characteristics of sheep are admirable?
Activity: Make a list of the different names used for Jesus.
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