Luke 2:10-11 (KJV)
10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The news given to the shepherds by the angels of God, was news that would change the course of all mankind. This news was a declaration of the long awaited Messiah’s entrance into the world resulting in His work which accomplished the redemption of sinners and His reign in the hearts of men.
In our continuing look at Jesus’ first coming to the earth, let’s take this morning to complete our look at this wonderful announcement of the birth that forever changed the world….
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
The angel’s message was of a personal nature to the shepherds. The angel did not say “Born this day ….”, but said “For UNTO YOU is born this day…”. The Messiah’s coming was done on a personal level for each and every one of us. His sacrifice was not performed as a general act of benevolence for “mankind”. Not at all. He came specifically to save HIS PEOPLE from their sins…. Matt 1:21 - “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
The angel goes further by telling of the location of His birthplace, the city of David, Bethlehem (“the house of bread”) Luke 2:4. What better town for the “bread of life” in which to be born! (John 6:35,48)
The angel, then, describes the Messiah (or the Christ), giving Him titles that explain both the mission and results of His first coming (salvation of sinners and rulership of world)…
The promised Messiah, Jesus, would save His people from their sins and the effects of their sins (in time - spiritual death, spiritual enslavement, God’s punishment for sin….. in eternity – deliverance from sickness, sorrow, and the presence of sin… the list of blessings of salvation is endless!)
which is Christ the Lord.
The promised Christ is also described here as “Lord” or “Ruler”. At His first coming He secured His rulership over all by obtaining victory over Satan, sin and death (Heb 2:14, Roms 8:1-4). Based upon His faithfulness to the Father, He has received the sovereign authority to rule over all the world (Eph 1:21-22). He obtains the willful submission of His people as He rules in their hearts (Luke 17:20-21) while He Sovereignly controls those who do not recognize, nor seek to submit to, His commands (Col 2:8-15). He truly is Lord over all.
It is the first coming of the Messiah that we will be celebrating in the days ahead. As we enjoy our Christmas exchanging gifts with our family, friends and acquaintances, let’s remember that this is the world’s day to commemorate the greatest gift that was ever given. It was the Messiah, the very Son of God, given by God the Father, for the salvation and rulership over all the world. Let’s keep Jesus in the forefront of our minds as we celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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