Message for December 19, 2010

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:31

Jesus means “He shall save.”  The angel was foretelling the salvation God was bringing to His people.  The Hebrew name Joshua was common in Biblical times.  The Son of God was not named a unique name.  Though it meant Savior the name Jesus was common.  God was identifying with the common man.  Although He was the Savior of Mankind, He was representative of mankind. He was not different from us, He became one of us.  He had all the traits of a mortal man but was sinless in nature and deed.  This fact qualified Him to be the spotless lamb that would bear the sins of mankind.

When He was born it was proclaimed aloud who He was.  He was “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” His birth was the beginning of events that would change history and time.  No other man has had as much affect on history as Jesus.  He has divided history, B.C. and A.D. Had you realized that time revolves around Jesus?  Jesus never emphasized His birth, He proclaimed His death and resurrection as the major event.  His entire life and death are to be celebrated, not just at Christmas, but all year long.  There is no other “reason for the season”.

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