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Pastoral 2012

Unto You A Saviour Is Born

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“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

This was the divine message made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem by the angels. This angelic declaration reveals the true message of Christmas. It is most fitting that we meditate on this message as we prepare to worship our Saviour who was born for our salvation.

“For unto you is born”: The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was a miracle. Mary, the virgin, conceived Him as the Holy Spirit overshadowed her (Matthew 1:20- 23). The eternal Son of God took on human flesh and was born to be our substitute, to bear the wrath of God against our sin. He was not born for holy angels but for poor men who are in the bondage of sin. He came to call sinful men to come unto Him for their salvation. The Son of God became the Son of man to be our redeemer, to save us from sin and hell. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Whosoever comes to Him by faith will be saved. What great joy this message would have brought to those poor shepherds! Like the shepherds, all who have received Jesus Christ by faith as their Saviour and Lord can rejoice today because He was born as their Saviour.

“For unto you is born this day”: The day when the angels brought the tidings of His birth was the day that He was born. The exact day, month and year in which Christ was born cannot be ascertained. However, the Bible says in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman...” It was in the fullness of time; on the exact day fixed by God the Father that Christ was born.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David”: Christ was born in Bethlehem, which was the city of David. The place of His birth was prophesied by the prophet Micah 600 years before He was born (Micah 5:2). The Old Testament’s prophecy about Christ was that He would be born in the lineage of David. His birth in Bethlehem as David’s offspring proves to us that He was the Saviour whom God has promised to send. Jesus Christ is the Saviour sent by God and there is no other who can save us.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour”: Jesus Christ is the divine Saviour. HE is the great Saviour, being God as well as man. He is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto Him by faith. He is willing and able to save. He is mighty to save even the greatest of sinners. His name is called Jesus because He saves sinners from sin, from Satan, from the curse of the law, from the world, from death and hell, and the wrath to come.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” Jesus, the Saviour is also “Christ, the Lord”. The title “Christ” means the “anointed one”. He is God’s appointed one to be the Lord, the sovereign. He is the Lord of the church; the Lord of all creatures; the Lord of angels, good and bad, and the Lord of all the earth. He is the Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14). While those who reject Him shall be cast into hell, those who receive Him by faith shall worship Him before His throne in heaven for ever and ever.

Today, let us once again bow with grateful and reverential hearts before the Lord Jesus Christ, and magnify Him as our Saviour and Lord.

Pastor and the Session

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A BLESSED
CHRISTMAS
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