Christmas is not just the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is the celebration of the birth of the Saviour of the world. Therefore have it in mind that beyond all the fanfare that the special season of Christmas brings, Jesus was born to be the Saviour of the world.
We have Christmas because of Christ. Anyone who doesn’t see the ‘Christ’ in Christmas is spiritually blind.
Jesus was born with the grandest mission ever: To save you from your sins.
He was born to be the Messiah, “the promised deliverer of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible.”
But not just to His people alone, His saving grace extends to all mankind. “So that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life (John 3:15).
Christmas should be more than a Christian holiday to you. It should be a time to remember the birth of the Saviour of the world.
The true of meaning of Christmas lies in this: the celebration of the birth of Jesus as the Saviour of the world.
You may take the time to appreciate and honour people with your gifts. But be glad about the gift of a Saviour.
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There were various prophecies about the birth of Jesus as the Saviour
Many prophecies were given centuries before Jesus was born. Here is one of them from the lips of prophet Isaiah:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.-Isaiah 7:14
That prophecy foretold that Jesus would be born by a virgin. And also gave His name.
Also, before Jesus Christ was born on earth, an Angel had said to His foster-father, Joseph about Mary: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.
His name Jesus literally means Saviour. In other words, His name encapsulates His mission.
Two things are clear from this prophecy:
1. A virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son
It was natural impossibility for a virgin to get pregnant. But it happened that Mary got pregnant with Jesus without having any contacts with any man. As Matthew tells us,
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18.
If you are in doubt, Matthew gives us additional insight on the chastity of both Joseph and Mary by saying.
“But he [Joseph] did not have sexual relations with her [Mary] until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus” Matthew 1:265.
And this was in accordance with a prior prophecy that Mary “…will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.
2. The name of the Son shall be called Immanuel
The baby that Mary supernaturally conceived and gave birth to is called Immanuel or Jesus Christ as we know Him today. He is the reason for Christmas
While Jesus means Saviour, Immanuel means “God with us” or “God in human flesh.” It means that in order to save mankind from the power of sin, God took on human body in Jesus Christ to pay the required price.
Why did God do that? It is because of love. So the heart of Christmas is love.
Angels announced the birth of the Saviour
Apart from the virgin birth of Jesus as the Saviour, there was also an actual proclamation by heavenly Angels to shepherds that in Jesus, the Saviour had been born. Read the account here:
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” Luke 2:9-10.
Read the last line again: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Jesus affirmed Himself as the Saviour
As you’ve read from the earlier parts of this post, Prophets foretold that Jesus the Saviour would be born. And when He was born, angels announced Him as the Saviour.
The question now is, did Jesus ever acknowledge Himself as the Saviour? Yes, He did.
That’s the reason He was born, that’s the reason He lived and that’s the reason He died.
Jesus recognised Himself as being sent to save the lost sheep of Israel first (Matthew 15:24) and then to be the Saviour of the world. That’s why He clearly tells us:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” John 3:16-17.
Other people affirmed Jesus as the Saviour
In addition to the prophecies about Jesus being the Saviour, there were also several other affirmations in the New Testament that Jesus is indeed the Saviour.
Apostle John wrote, “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God” 1 John 4:14.
That was the testimony of someone that had a first-hand relationship with Jesus.
We also have Paul who did not know Jesus in the flesh but in the Spirit affirm the same thing: that Jesus is the Saviour. During one of his defenses, Paul affirmed Jesus as the Saviour from the linage of David and Jesse (Acts13:23).
On another occasion, he pointed out that “…our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Ephesians 5:20. Paul clearly called Jesus the Saviour.
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Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. Therefore Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Saviour.
Whatever traditions of Christmas you want to keep, never forget it should be all about the birth of the Saviour of mankind.
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