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!
It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here! The lights are up, the cookies are baking and the smell of pine trees is in the air. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!
Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and take a little break from the ordinary day to day.
But there is a greater reason to be excited this season…
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, goodwill toward men!
You can almost see and hear the excitement ringing out as the angels proclaimed these words! But what were they so excited about?
The birth of Jesus! God’s promise fulfilled to give us the Messiah and Chosen One. The angels knew that one day this tiny baby would die on a cross to save us from our sin. So they were praising and glorifying God for His amazing gift to mankind.
The day that each of us understands that Jesus died for us personally and accept Him as our Savior is cause for a huge celebration! And the Bible says that the angels are celebrating the victory of Jesus every time someone is saved.
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Also, the angels knew that with the gift of Jesus we have peace on earth from the Prince of Peace Himself. Jesus alone is our source of peace here on earth and the One we can turn to when life seems anything but peaceful.
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.
And lastly, the angels knew that God’s goodwill would be received by those of us who believe in His Son. They understood that Jesus is the gateway to the Father and because of His coming to earth the Way to eternal life is now opened. It is only because of Jesus that we are able to receive the goodwill of God and spend eternity with Him in heaven.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
So, while you’re wrapping those presents, I encourage you to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus. May the excitement of the season fill your heart this Christmas and always!