Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ’s birth. So, in this devotional, we’ll read the Birth Announcement of Jesus. The greatest birth announcement in history!
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 we cherish.
I still 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 precious 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! The most precious baby born!
Here’s the exciting birth announcement 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 first born. But we learn something much more important about the baby born in Bethlehem that day.
In this scripture from Luke 2, Jesus is given three titles upon his birth,… Savior, Christ, and Lord. Each of these titles is important and separate. So, let’s look at each one and examine the role they plan in our salvation.
Jesus is the Savior…
Jesus came to earth for the sole purpose 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 came to seek and to save the lost.
When we hear Christ, we think of it as a name. But it is a title instead of 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 the 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.
The prophet Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah’s birth in this verse…
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.