For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The Lord of Christmas Published week of december 20, 2020
Luke 2:11 is the only Scriptural reference in the Bible where the three titles, “Savior,” “Messiah (Christ),” and “Lord,” are used together. Before Christ was born, God used His earthly name. The earthly name of God is “Jesus” which is the name Joseph was told to give to this virgin born infant. “Jesus” is the Greek translation of the name, “Joshua,” which means, “God is our salvation.” But now that Jesus has been born, God uses His heavenly titles, “Christ the Lord.” Some individuals translate the Greek word, “Christos,” – which gives us the word Christ - as Messiah. Either way, the name Christ literally means, “The anointed one.” Anointing is the way that kings would begin their reign.
Throughout the Old Testament and for thousands of years, the Jewish people had been looking for a Messiah. This Messiah was to be the long awaited Deliverer that God had promised from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). The children of Israel had heard and looked for this One that the prophets foretold hundreds of years prior. Their faith had grown faint and any ray of hope was almost gone. No doubt they were very discouraged and for the most part, they had lost hope that there would be anyone who could bring them out from under the hand of the Roman Empire. They didn’t understand that this Messiah was far greater than a political Messiah; He was a spiritual Messiah.
Through that baby in the manger God looked at the world – particularly the Jewish people – and said, “I made a promise and I kept it.” He would send the Messiah as promised and one day, the entire nation of Israel will bow down at the feet of Jesus and realize He is the Messiah the One they have waited and watch for all these generations. The Messiah has come. He has been born and He has been crucified. He has risen and is coming again. He is not just the Savior of the world and the Messiah of the Jewish people…He is the Lord of the universe.
The word “Lord” refers to someone who is in complete control, who has absolute authority and answers to no one. He is under nothing or nobody. He is over everything and everybody. Jesus Christ is the Lord of Christmas. At Christmas, we don’t leave the baby in the manger for He is the promised Messiah of the Jewish race. Furthermore, that baby is the Savior of the world and that baby is Lord over all.
“Heavenly Father, Thank You being born to die. I acknowledge that you are the long awaited Savior who came to redeem fallen mankind from their sin. You are the Christ and You are the Lord over all the universe and over my life. I surrender my life anew and afresh to Your will and to Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”