"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11)
What does Christ mean?
Christ = Messiah = Anointed One = Designated for a special purpose
Kings, prophets, and priests would be anointed. The Messiah was specifically prophesied as being God's anointed deliverer of Israel. When Jesus came proclaiming he was the Christ, Israel thought he would deliver them from Roman oppression (John 7:40–43). Israel expected a political Messiah, but Jesus had his sights set on a higher enemy. He doesn't save you from your enemies but from his.
Jesus' death came as a surprize for the disciples, like the death of a hero in the climax of a story. "That's not the way the story's supposed to end," we react in denial. Jesus' disciples thought he was about to rally an army. Instead, he gave himself up for arrest and died. Instead of waging a full frontal attack on Rome, he waged a full frontal attack on sin and death themselves, and he won and came back to life.
Jesus doesn't fulfill our expectations. He supercedes them.
We may think we know what we want Jesus to do in our lives, but his agenda is better than ours. He doesn't do what we want, he does what we need. Jesus says, Come and follow me and I will give you more than you can ever imagine.
We are sitting on the Titanic asking for a refill of sweat tea. Jesus denies our comforts, pursuit of self-fulfillment, American dream, and desire for early retirement and instead rescues us from a sinking ship.
It's Christmas season, but do who do we really think the baby in the manger is?
Some think Jesus is a great teacher.
Some think he's alright, but don't like organized religion.
Some think he's all condemnation.
Luke 2 says he's Savior, Christ, and Lord who brings "great joy."
What does Jesus save from?
He doesn't just save us from Hell later. He saves us from sin now. Salvation from what? According to Titus 2 & 3, salvation enables us and trains us to be able to say "No!" to sin today. Jesus saves us from a life that's going backwards.
Families ignoring each other and completely self-absorbed will turn to each other in love. Students seeking self-worth in others or school will turn to Christ. Individuals living a life aimed at self-fulfillment will find delight only in loving and glorifying God.
If Christ is Savior, nothing ever stays the same.
For Christians, this may seem like old, boring news. If this is so, here's why:
- You've forgotten what you were pulled out of.
- You've forgotten what it took to save you.
- You believe you're pretty good compared to others and Heaven is your reward.
Some call themselves Christians, but their lives have not changed. Again, if Christ is Savior, nothing ever stays the same.