“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:11-12
Often when expecting a sign from God we long for the days of His thunderous voice as He showed up in the pillar of fire as smoke descended on Mt. Sinai in the days of the Exodus (Exodus 19:16). Simpler yet, we sometimes demand and expect a miraculous sign from God only to find that He speaks in much gentler ways. The Scripture reminds us that although God is behind the supernatural, He speaks to us in a “still small voice”. Everything God does and says is intended to draw us closer into His presence, deeper into our relationship with the God who loves us.
Imagine as these majestic angelic beings were praising God above the plains of Bethlehem with these frightened shepherds looking and listening in awe. Imagine them hearing the heavenly choir singing in all its glory as the angels heralded the birth of the King of kings. How would the shepherds know which of these new babies in Bethlehem was the savior, Messiah, and Lord? By the simple sign of Him lying in a manager wrapped in cloths of linen. The most peculiar part of the birth of Christ was where He was born. The God of the universe stepped down into time and lay as every other Hebrew baby wrapped in cloths of linen yet among the animals because there was no room for them at the inn.
In this simply profound proclamation the angel tells the shepherds three of the most important titles concerning Jesus: he is “Savior”, “Messiah”, and “Lord”. As our hearts turn towards Bethlehem and we continue to reflect during this season of Advent, I wonder: which role of Christ is most difficult for you to accept or submit to? Is it His role as Savior? Do you struggle to show yourself the grace and mercy God has through His only Son? Is it His Lordship? Do you struggle with walking in loving obedience to Christ as Lord of your life? Remember: Jesus is Lord and Savior. He came in Grace and Truth (John 1:17).
As you meditate today, let your heart drift to that first Christmas morning. Born into a world that had no room for Him even at His birth, yet Jesus came. Worshiped as Savior, Messiah and Lord by men who were ceremonially unclean and couldn’t worship at the temple without being cleansed. Born supernaturally and heralded by angels, yet asleep in a manger among the animals. The richness of this moment is hard to fully understand. More than anything else my deepest hope for us during this Advent season is we would know (and believe) that God so loved each one of us that He gave His only Son…
Father, thank You for that first Christmas day. Thank You that you announced the birth of Your Son to shepherds the world may have considered nobodys on the plains of Bethlehem. Thank you that you came to seek and save the lost. Lord Jesus we ask that you would help us clearly see the significance of Your coming. How you came. Why you came. Let Your Word sink deeply into the depths of our hearts, let us treasure all these things, let us move closer and closer to you. It’s in Your name we pray, amen.