Born to you
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
I realize that this portion of scripture is usually reserved for the Christmas season, but this is where we are now, so we will have a reminder today why we celebrate Christmas. In fact, this is an event that we should celebrate and contemplate every day of the year. Jesus our Savior.
God Chose Mary and Joseph to give His Son to be born to. They were the ones assigned to care for love and train Him up in the way He should go. They were responsible to provide and keep Him until His appointed time. Jesus was given to them.
When the angels announced His birth to the shepherds, the angel said, in the city of David a Savior is born to you (the shepherds) who is Christ the Lord. Why would the angel say that Jesus was born to the shepherds when we know that He was born to Mary and Joseph? The reason is because God gave Jesus to all of us. He was born to the shepherds that day and He was born to us for our day. Jesus was God’s gift to the whole world. Even though Mary and Joseph were entrusted with His newborn life, He was actually entrusted to the whole earth. Likewise, just as Mary and Joseph were held accountable for how they raised Him and what they did with Him and for Him, we are also responsible for how we receive and honor Him in our life today.
We can follow the Shepherds example of what they did when the heard the good news of Jesus birth.
- They went to Jesus
- They came quickly and immediately with no delay
- They found Jesus and received Him as their Savior
- They began to report the good news of His birth that the angels told them
- They rejoiced, glorified and praised God for all that they had heard and seen
Today I want to encourage you to hear the good news of Jesus coming to the world and to you to rescue you from the pit of sin of the world. Acknowledge that He came to you to save you from sin and quickly invite Him into your life and your day if you have not already done so. Receive Him as your Savior and guide through today and begin to share His love for the world with others. Remember to celebrate this great gift of Salvation that God gave you and keep on celebrating as you walk through today and the rest of your life. Lastly, thank God for giving Jesus to you to pay your penalty for sin and that you never have to spend one second separated from Him in the pit of hell.
If you have never invited Jesus into your life to rescue you, pray this prayer today from your heart. Jesus will come into your life and save you and turn your life around forever.
Pray: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new today. I know Your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to accomplish the things You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 2:8-20
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.