In a previous post, I shared about the universal dilemma of distraction that can so easily accompany each Christmas season.
It’s what made Charlie Brown exclaim, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?!”
Thankfully, Charlie Brown had a good friend in Linus, and he was directed to the true meaning of Christmas found in the gospel of Luke.
Luke 2:10-11 declares,
“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.’”
In this glorious passage, we too can discover what Christmas is all about:
A Pronouncement of Joy
How amazing it is that the first announcement of Jesus’ birth was made to shepherds! These were the outsiders of the community, the “nots” of society. They were not popular, not highly esteemed, not rich, and not well-admired. They were the no-bodies, but God chooses them as the first receivers of this good news.
He comes to the lowly. He is a friend to the poor in spirit.
This good news is “for all the people” (v. 10). No one is excluded. Regardless of age, race, nationality, social status, background, or gender, this gospel is for you! Jesus was born “unto you” and all who believe in the Lord Jesus will enter into this joy!
The Reason for This Joy
The reason for this joy is clearly the person and work of Jesus, the Christ. Three titles show the greatness of Jesus in this passage:
‘a Savior’ – Through Jesus, God would redeem his people and save them from their sins.
‘who is Christ’ – A Savior was prophesied who would come from the lineage of David to bring salvation to God’s people.
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the
clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.”
‘the Lord’ – This is God’s own name, a designation that was reserved for God alone.
Wonder of wonders, the astounding news announced by the angels is that this Messiah who was born as a baby IS THE LORD GOD HIMSELF!
This baby, Jesus, was fully God and fully man. He entered this world to live a perfect life, to fulfill all righteousness on man’s behalf, and then to lay down his life as a sacrifice for sinners.
The perfect, holy, righteous, sinless Savior died a substitutionary death on Calvary’s cross so that all who would turn from their sins and trust in Him would be forgiven of their sins and granted the gift of eternal life. This is good news of great joy, and that is what Christmas is all about!
This day is about so much more than the gifts we receive under a decorated, lit-up Christmas tree: It’s about the gift of God’s own Son, born for our salvation. There is no reason for any of us to despair or despond when this is true: “unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Let us give our hearts to the Lord with grateful joy this Christmas season, for Jesus the Savior has come!