December 25th – Wonderous Day

If you could encapsulate the message of Christmas into one verse, how about this one? Luke Chapter 2 v. 11
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Today, within our time scale, into our world, as part of our race, at a specific place and time, there is born to us a Saviour, a deliverer; a promised answer to our deepest needs of body, mind and soul, of our communal life, and our individual personal moralities, our spirituality and purpose. The Messiah has come. This was the Hebrew title for God’s anointed king, whose role was to bring justice, truth and holiness into the human race. He was the ‘impossible dream’ – the longing of the ages – the fulfilment of all of Moses and the prophets. The one who would stand before God in the name of Israel and all mankind, and to stand before Israel and all mankind in the name of God. The very incarnation of God – the embodiment of love and grace and wisdom: the mediator holding together the nature of a Holy God, and a sinful, struggling mankind: the one perfect sin offering, also the High Priest, the Living Word, the Redeemer. They very image of the invisible God, embodied in a human being.
The Hebrew word for all this (and more) is “Messiah”. The English word for him is “the Anointed of Jehovah”. The Greek word for this is “The Christ”. It’s not a name, it’s a title. And the Christian Gospel is that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah – the Christ – the Anointed King. The only one ever to fulfil the job description of a king who is also prophet and priest – and Saviour. No wonder the coming was special!! Luke Chapter 2 v. 11-14
Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”
A Prayer: Lord, enable us this day to rejoice in the presence of our rightful King and Lord, and be so filled that the great good news overflows my little boundaries. “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Hey – how’s this for a thought for the day? As Paul Sherer said “God walked down the stairs of heaven, with a baby in his arms”.

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