Christmas, Pt. 11

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.

On this Christmas Eve, we have come to the end of this passage.  The angel has given this glorious message to the shepherds, and they have received it.  It was the good tidings of great joy that unto them was born this day a Saviour.  And, just so that there was no confusion, the angel told them exactly who that Saviour was: “Which is Christ the Lord.”

The only reason for the shepherds to “Fear not” was Christ the Lord.  The only reason for the good tidings of great joy to all people was Christ the Lord.  The only reason for these shepherds to have a Saviour was Christ the Lord.  The only reason for the “peace on earth, good will toward men” was the Christ the Lord.

The “gods” of the Egyptians and Babylonians didn’t do those things.  The “gods” of the Hindus and Buddhists didn’t do those things.  Mohammed didn’t do those things.  The “gods” of the tribal peoples around the world didn’t do those things.  Christ the Lord did them and brought them to us.

Christmas is a celebration of Christ the Lord.  It is all about Him and what He has done for us.  We can look back and see His mercy and grace toward us and it gives us something to celebrate.  We should be thankful all the time for Christ the Lord, but Christmas is the time when we are especially mindful of it.  “A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

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