Friday, December 25, 2009

For unto you is born this day

“For unto you is born this day” (Luke 2:11)

The birth of Jesus Christ is why we celebrate Christmas. The point is not Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph but rather a Savior who is Christ the Lord. The angel declared this as “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). The good news is Christ. “For unto you is born this day” the Savior Jesus Christ.

As the song says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and so it is. Good news of great joy has been sent from the glories of heaven to ransom sinners. Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, has been given to us. Christ is the greatest gift. Why? Because he is the Savior who “will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Did you hear that good news? Jesus will save his people from their sins. The Father sent Jesus, as a gift, to claim his children. He promises them salvation through his Son. Jesus’ coming has everything to do with good news.

Many people want to say God the Father is cruel for sending his Son to die for sinners but they fail to see the truth that Christ willingly came as well. I must confess that I don’t fully grasp this reality but by faith I believe it is true because it is in God’s holy word. In Philippians 2 we read, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (5-8). Christ did not count his equality with God a thing to be grasped but willingly made himself nothing. He came down from the glories of heaven to take the form of lowly man. “For unto you is born this day” a humble yet mighty Savior who is Christ the Lord.

Jesus came to die for sinners like you and me. He didn’t have to come but he did come. The Father did not have to send him but he did send him. God knew the price that had to be paid for sin. Death awaited this little baby born in Bethlehem. The reason Christ had to die was so God might be just and the justifier of those who put their faith in Jesus. Without the birth there is no cross. Without the cross there is no forgiveness of sin. Without forgiveness of sin we all get what we deserve which is hell. But Jesus did come, he did die, he did rise on third day and now he is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on behalf of sinners. What marvelous grace we received the day Christ was born. Our response to this truth ought to be the same as the angel and the multitude of heavenly host at Christ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14). Remember the words, “For unto you is born this day” a Savior who is Christ the Lord.

Grace upon grace,


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