Read Luke 2:1-21
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
We should not assume that those who don’t read the Scriptures have a hook on which to hang some of the jargon that may be very familiar to the church-goer or Bible-reader. The bumper-sticker question of a couple decades ago is a good illustration. “Are you born again?” That question may get the same response today that was given by Nicodemus a couple of millennia ago, “How can a man be born when he is old? Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” (Jn. 3:4). In other words, we may need to give explanation to spiritual terms today.
But people of our culture may not be the only ones in need of assistance. Even those of us using the terms may not always grasp the significance or definition the words we use. Take “Savior” as an example. That is the title that the angel ascribed to Jesus as he announced Christ’s birth to the shepherds, “. . . a Savior has been born to you . . .” You have probably already read that title on greeting cards and sung it in Christmas songs more times than you can remember this season. So what does it mean? How would you explain it? For that matter, are you appreciating it?
“Savior” is akin to “one who rescues.” If Jesus, then, is our “Rescuer,” the obvious question, is, “Rescued from what? To what?”
Christ offers rescue from sin and its consequences. All that we do, think, and say that does not please God is sin. An impatient response to a loved one. A lustful thought. Taking something that doesn’t belong to us. All of those things are sins that displease God. And because God is just, He is obligated to punish us as the consequence for our wrong doing. That punishment is more than a slap on the wrist. It involves eternal torment and separation from Him. Thankfully, the Christ of Christmas, the “Savior,” rescues all who place faith in Him from sin and its consequences to eternal life with the Father.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”