Christmas, Pt. 8

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

As we once again enter the Christmas season, I would like to spend the next several days looking at these two verses, which I believe give us the best summary in the entire Bible of just what Christmas is all about.

Today, as we continue through these two verses, we come to the little phrase “this day.”  The angel had come to the shepherds to give them the “good tidings of great joy” that “unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.”  The good news that the angel brought was very specific good news.  It was not just a general announcement of hope and happiness.  It was not a “someday” type of prophecy.  It was specific.  It was happening “this day.”

Our lives are lived one day at a time.  All we have is “this day.”  Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.  But we have today.  II Corinthians 6:2 tells us “behold, now is the day of salvation.”  Many people try to avoid making a decision for the Lord by saying “maybe tomorrow.”  But this is the day of salvation.

Jesus didn’t come “someday.”  As the angel told the shepherds, He came “this day.”  We need to live each and every day as “this day.”

“This day.”  There were many verses and passages in the Old Testament that had foretold His coming.  The Jews had been looking for their Messiah for hundreds of years.  But “this day” had come.  This was the day that the Saviour was to be born.  Specifically, “this day.”

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