We all love babies because they bring us so much joy. We eagerly await their arrival and when the birth announcement comes in the mail we can’t wait to hear… is it a boy or a girl, how much do they weigh, how long are they? That birth announcement becomes a keepsake that we cherish. I have the birth announcements from my family going back several generations. They hold a special place in my heart because those people are so dear to me.
It’s a joyous occasion the first time we see that baby. We take a deep breath in and smell that scent only babies have, we feel their soft skin, then count their fingers and toes. A new life has begun. It’s an exciting moment!
But there was once another birth announcement that was even more exciting. The birth of Jesus!
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
The angel who made this announcement may not have told us the baby’s weight or whether or not He had a full head of hair when He was born, but we learn something much more important about the baby born in Bethlehem that day. Jesus is given three titles upon his birth, Savior, Christ and Lord. Each of these titles is important and separate.
Jesus came to earth for the sole reason of saving us from our sin. He is the only source of salvation and the only way to the Father in heaven. Because of Him we can have forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Him.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
When we hear Christ, we think of it as a name, but it is a title and not a name. It means Messiah or Anointed One. There are many references to the coming Messiah, the Son of God, in the Old Testament and this angel clearly states that this baby born to us is that promised Messiah. He is special because He is the only one. There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Anointed One of God.
Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
This title of Lord means Ruler or God. It tells us that Jesus is divine in nature. He is both man and God and will rule over creation with the Father.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.
These three titles define the man who would soon die on a cross for our sin. Jesus is the Savior of the world, the promised Messiah and the Ruler of all creation. Today, let’s celebrate the most important birth announcement in history, the baby Jesus!
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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son and she will call His name Immanuel.
Jesus has many names and titles, and within this verse we learn His name, Immanuel, which means “God with us”.
Each part of the Holy Trinity has a unique role to play with humanity. And from His name, Immanuel, we see that Jesus is the part of the Godhead come to earth.
Long before Jesus was born in a manger, Isaiah prophesied of the virgin birth and a child who would be called God with us, here on earth. In the book of Matthew we can see Isaiah’s prophesy of Immanuel fulfilled.
For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.
Jesus is God with us, and He is the also the only One who saves us from our sins. It was always the Father’s plan to send the Son to die for our sin, so we could be with Him in heaven eternally.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus willingly gave up His rightful place of honor in heaven, came to earth to live the perfect life that we never could and became the sacrifice for our sin. He died in our place and filled the gap between heaven and earth. If we believe in Him, we are forgiven, become righteous in the sight of God and share in the inheritance of the Son. Then, Jesus is with us from that moment on.
As He ascended back into heaven after the resurrection, Jesus gave us the greatest promise we could ever receive…
And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Jesus wasn’t just God with us for the short time that He was physically here on earth, He is with us right now! This is promise that we as Christians hold tight to. Once we believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him, we are no longer alone. Whatever life throws at us, Jesus promises that He is always there and He will never leave us. When times are good, He is with us and celebrates our success. When times are bad, He is there to lift us up and get us through it.
This same faith that we have in Jesus, also gives us free and full access to the Father whenever we want it. We can boldly enter the throne of grace and seek God’s face. Whatever troubles we have, we can take them directly to God because He wants to have a real and loving relationship with each one of us. That is why He gave us His only Son, Immanuel, so that we could be with Him forever.
Because of the Father’s plan for Jesus to be God with us, we can be completely confident in our faith in Jesus! He has conquered sin and has made a way for us to have eternal life. And He will keep His promise to be with us to the end of the age because He is “God with us”.
I pray that you will feel the joyful presence of Immanuel in your life this Christmas season and always!
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“By the same faith we have in Jesus, we also have free and FULL access to the Father.” Yes and Amen!
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
(visiting from Faith of Fire) 🙂
Hi Rachel! Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad we’re friends and neighbors at Faith on Fire. I hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
What’s the one thing you can’t live without? This question was asked of me not long ago. I know I’m supposed to say a toothbrush or something like that, but I gave it a lot of thought, and the answer became very clear to me, salvation.
Because without salvation there would be no hope, and without hope, there would be no future of an afterlife in heaven.
How can we receive salvation and the hope for a future that comes with it? Acts 4:12 makes it very clear that salvation comes from no other name than Jesus.
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to receive the free gift of God’s grace and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are saved. Jesus, Himself, said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6.
If we want to get to heaven, faith in Jesus is the one and only way to get there. But salvation is so much deeper than just getting to heaven. It is the beginning of an ongoing and lasting relationship with the one true Savior of the world, Jesus.Jesus is the door that we must enter through if we want to receive the free gift of God’s grace and it is only through the blood of Jesus that we are saved.Click To Tweet
Because of this relationship, we can turn to Jesus in any circumstance. When life gets difficult, He is our refuge against the storm, protecting us from the wind and rain. When life is going well, He is our champion, cheering us on toward the goal He has set for us.
Jesus is always there. He is always faithful. Even when we are not.
I’m not perfect. I make mistakes and I don’t always do everything right. That’s why I need a Savior. Even though I don’t deserve it, God sent His Son to save me. Because of my faith in His Son, God has given me His grace and forgiveness of sins. He has made a way for me to spend eternity with Him. He did it because of His great love for me.Jesus is always there. He is always faithful. Even when we are not.Click To Tweet
I’m so grateful for all that God has done. And I’m so thankful for a loving Savior who wants to have a real and meaningful relationship with me. Salvation comes from no other name than Jesus. And it is definitely the one thing I can’t live without.
For those of you who are already saved, today I pray that you will be encouraged and comforted by the name of Jesus!
For those of you who don’t know Jesus as your Savior, I pray that you will see the love that Jesus has for you. And I pray that you will find the hope in Him that is waiting for you.
To learn more about what it means to be “saved” you can find the answers about Accepting Jesus here.
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Connie, your art work intrigues me. Are you a deaf interpreter?
I came up with another answer to your question. But by the end you had me convinced that Salvation is was better than my answer.
Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m not a deaf interpreter but I grew up in a church that had a deaf ministry and my childhood best friend had parents who were deaf. Sign Language has always fascinated me. My goal in creating this artwork is to share with other Christians how important it is to share the gospel with the deaf community. They are a very overlooked group of people and they need Jesus too. Thanks again and God bless!
P.S. What was your answer? What is it that you can’t live without?