Over the last few weeks, we have received several Christmas cards with these words: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!” I love those words, don’t you? You will find them in the Bible in Luke 2:11.
These Luke 2 words remind us of the Supernatural.
In fact, the entire Christmas story points to the supernatural. For hundreds of years prophets had written that a Savior would be born . . . in Bethlehem of a virgin! The details were sometimes starkly precise and sometimes they were so quietly included as to almost be overlooked. Fast forward to the birth of Jesus and the supernatural is seen there too. Elizabeth and Zachariah have a baby in their old age and an angel not only announces the pregnancy but announces the baby’s name. Their baby would be the “forerunner” who would announce the ministry of Jesus and who would baptize Him as well. Mary is also visited by an angel as are the shepherds in the fields the night of Jesus’ birth. Joseph is given a vision to explain all of the details and to show him the steps he needed to take. An entire host of angel’s light up the night sky outside of Bethlehem and sing! A star appears in the sky and leads the wise men right to where Jesus was.
It is all supernatural. Did you know that Christianity always is? God loves you so much that He sent His son to die for your sin so you could have eternal life. That is supernatural. He gives us His word and draws us to Himself and speaks to our spiritual hearts in His still small voice that is somehow larger than life. That is supernatural. When we trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God forgives us our sins, makes us a new creation, and gives us spiritual and eternal life. That is supernatural. God walks with us through the valleys of life and works all things to our good. That is supernatural. He offers us peace in the storms, light in the darkness, forgiveness in our failures, strength in our weaknesses, and hope in our uncertainties. That is supernatural.
Whatever we do, lets not forget the Supernatural this Christmas!
These Luke 2 words remind us of our Savior.
A Savior is born – One who has come to rescue us from our sin and from an eternity separated from God. He is the Savior, you know? In fact, He is the God of the Universe (eternally existent and one with the Father and the Spirit). Christmastime teaches us that He humbled himself and left eternity for time, heaven for earth, and the glory of His Diety for the rags of our humanity. He humbled Himself and became a baby. He humbled Himself and became a man. He humbled Himself and became a servant. He humbled Himself and became obedient, even unto death on a cross. Do you know why? Because of love! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Paul says, in Ephesians 5:2, that “Christ loved us . . . and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God.” Because you and I were not able to free ourselves from the chains of our own sinfulness, Jesus came as a Savior to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He came to rescue us from our sin.
Whatever we do, let’s not forget the Savior this Christmas!
Finally, these Luke 2 words remind us of our Salvation.
Do you know the word saved? It is a word used a lot in church. It shows up in one of the more familiar hymns – “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me!” You do know those words don’t you? What does it mean to be saved? The word means “to be rescued” and provides the heart of the Christmas message. All of us are sinners who have broken God’s law and who have missed the relationship with God that we were designed to enjoy all the days of our lives. As a result, we are separated from God and headed for the judgment that sin always demands and the verdict that it always attains – guilty and condemned to die eternally in the lake of fire! And yet, “unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!” He came to live the life we cannot live and to die for our sins so that we can be forgiven. He was buried and was raised again from the dead so that we can have eternal and spiritual life.
Do you know the word saved? It means that through Jesus you can be forgiven. You can have eternal life. You are loved and you are important to God. Do you know Him? Then marvel at that! Rejoice with exceeding joy. Let your heart sing and your lips praise. If you don’t know Him, turn to Him. Pray. He will listen. Seek Him. You will find Him. Listen for His voice. He will speak. Receive Him as your God and Savior and He will be both to you.
Whatever we do, let’s not forget our Salvation this Christmastime.
If I can help you or pray with you, reach out. It would be my joy to do so.
Thanks for reading,
Your sincere friend,