Christmas Devotional | Day 22
December 22, 2017
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 | The Child Who Is Lord
The child born to Joseph and Mary was the Savior, Messiah, and Lord.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
It must have been quite a spectacle when an army of angels showed up unannounced that night in the middle of a field. God certainly got the shepherds' attention, for they were stunned in the presence of His glory. They had to be reassured by the angels not to fear. The most amazing part of this night, though, was not what was seen but rather what was heard. The angels called this newborn in Bethlehem "a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Unfortunately, those titles- Savior, Christ, and Lord-can become so familiar to us that we fail to pause and consider their significance.
As Savior, Jesus was the One who would rescue His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). This would ultimately be accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Christ, on the other hand, is a term often used for the long-expected Messiah. It means "anointed one," for Jesus was the Spirit-Anointed Deliverer of God's people.
Finally, the title Lord signifies Jesus' sovereign authority over everyone and everything. This is the same title used for the God of Israel in the Old Testament, another indication that Jesus is fully divine. The angels were right, then, and so are we, to respond to this child by giving glory to God.
An army of angels announced the good news to a group of lowly shepherds-Jesus, the Savior, had been born. The angels called this newborn child the "Savior" because Jesus would save His people from their sins. The angels also called Jesus "Christ the Lord." "Christ" means that Jesus is the One God chose to deliver His people; "Lord" means that He is in charge of everyone and everything. When God's glory shone around these shepherds, they were afraid. But the angels told them not to fear and to make this good news known. The shepherds obeyed, and they returned giving praise to God.
Jesus has great affection for His people, but that doesn't mean we should treat Him casually or lightly. How does today's passage help us maintain an exalted view of Jesus?
For Kids: Why do you think the birth of Jesus caused the angels to praise God? (Point out that Jesus saves us from our sins, that He is God's chosen Deliverer, and that He is Lord over everyone and everything.)
Ask God to give you courage to share with unbelievers the good news about who Jesus is.
For Further Reading
Read Revelation 5 to get a glimpse of the worship that Jesus Christ is due.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Practical Response - Encourage a Missionary
Write a note of encouragement and send a care package to a missionary sent out by your church. You may consider reaching out to them beforehand to ask for any specific prayer needs or items they would like to receive in their care package. Let them know you are praying for their ministry and for their family. Use this opportunity to talk as a family about your role in spreading the gospel to the nations.
Devotional credit: Radical, Inc.