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!