Jesus and The Animals
Niki Behrikis Shanahan
Itís very interesting that Jesus seemed to be around animals often, and He frequently used animals in His parables. It would appear that Jesus had animals on His mind. Letís take a look at some of these scriptures.
Jesus was born in a manger, which is a feeding trough for livestock, and was surrounded by animals. Isnít it interesting that of all the places that Jesus potentially could have been born, that it was in a stable with the animals?
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in
The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove when John was baptizing Him. Itís interesting that the third person of the Godhead, The Holy Spirit, appeared in animal form.
At that time Jesus came from
Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10As
Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the
Spirit descending on Him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven:
"You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Right after He was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Him out into the desert where He fasted for 40 days. The wild animals and the angels were the only ones to surround him.
His conversation frequently revolved around animals. He said to the disciples, ďI will make you fishers of men.Ē (Matthew 4:18-22). In fact, most of the disciples were fishermen.
Jesus taught that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:23-24)
Jesus told Peter to go down to the sea and throw in his hook and the first fish he catches will have a shekel in it. He was told to go and pay both their taxes. (Matthew 17:27) Even Jesus had to pay taxes!
In the Bible, Jesus is called the Lamb of God. (Revelation Chapter 5)
Heís called the Good Shepherd.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.
Jesus is referred to as The Lion of Judah.
Then one of the elders said
to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of
David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
Hereís another example of Jesus using animals in His conversation Ė this time hens and chicks.
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent
He talks about the Sheep and the Goats in these next verses.
31"When the Son
of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his
throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before
him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates
the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and
the goats on his left.
Just before Jesus went to the cross, the Bible says that He told the disciples to get a donkey and bring it to Him. He rode the donkey into Jerusalem to go to the cross. (Luke Chapter 19)
Bible says that when Jesus returns He will ride a white horse. He could ride in
any type of vehicle He wished or simply fly down, but He has chosen to ride a
white horse! Jesus must love animals!
Jesus made the once-and-for-all sacrifice for mankind by dying on the cross. It also eliminated the necessity for animals to ever be sacrificed again!
Did you ever notice that when a person really loves someone, they talk about them all the time? Thatís because they are thinking about them so much. Jesus obviously loves the animals very much, because He had them on His mind so often!
Note: All Bible references are from the New International Version.
Niki Behrikis Shanahan is the author of There Is Eternal Life For Animals, The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain, and Animal Prayer Guide. Pete Publishing, www.eternalanimals.com. Available at amazon.com. Article copyright 2003 Niki Behrikis Shanahan. All rights reserved. Not to be used without author's explicit written authorization.
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