For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~Luke 2:11
Today is Christmas! Most people will spend this day with family over a sumptuous meal, opening presents, and just having a well-deserved day off. However, above all these traditions is the fact that Christmas Day is about Jesus and His entry into this world. This morning, let us reflect on the announcement the angels gave to the shepherds the night Jesus was born.
Jesus birth is punctual.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” The timing of His birth was according to God’s timetable. He did not come too early, and He did not come too late. In His birth, the people who sat in darkness saw great light. The Light of the world came into this sin-darkened world.
Jesus birth is personal.
“For unto you is born this day….” Mary is the only mother ever who gave birth to a Son Who was to be shared with everyone! The angel’s announcement was extremely touching to the shepherds watching their flocks. In their midst was the Good Shepherd Who would lay down His life for His sheep. When something is personal, we take a high level of interest in how we benefit from it. Jesus wants everyone to have a close and personal relationship with Him as Savior and Lord.
Jesus birth is propitiating.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.” Jesus came into this world for one reason: to die for our sins. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. In 1 John 4:10, the word “propitiation” means He satisfied the sin debt for us through His death on the cross. As Savior, He took the place of every sinner on the cross. As Savior, He suffered for us, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.
Jesus birth is preeminent.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” As Lord, He demands first and only place in our lives. As our Lord, everything we consider and do revolves on one thought: what does God want me to do? Is what I am doing pleasing to my Lord? As we celebrate Christmas, our thoughts revolve our selfish needs and desires. However, in all things Jesus is to have preeminence.
Jesus birth is proclaimed.
The shepherds were filled with such excitement in seeing and beholding the holy Son of God. They placed their faith in Him as their Savior, even though He had not died for the sins of the world yet. They were filled with an evangelistic zeal and spread abroad the news that Christ was born. The birth of our Lord should fill us this morning with a revived zeal to tell others about Him
Don’t let the festivities overshadow the most important person today: Jesus! Rejoice the Lord is born!
Have a Christ-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 John – Jude