Summary: Unto You A Savior is Born: Noah was safe while floating through a devastating flood. We are safe from every threat for the simple reason that through Christ we have been placed in God and joined to His divine nature. Nothing shall by any means harm us.
Christmas Light to Destroy the Curse of Darkness
Pastor Dan Little
Twice, over this Christmas season, we have read through Luke’s narrative concerning the conception and birth of Jesus.
Today I want to focus just on Luke 2:10 & 11.
Luke 2:10 "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ESV
These two verses make up the core of the message the angel delivered to the shepherds, but in truth it is made to all of us.
“Shepherds, this child you are about to see is born unto you but not from you, His birth comes not by any human effort. He is not springing up from human procreativity. This child exists entirely by the will and plan of God.”
A child born entirely by the will and the action of God?
A second Adam
Nine months earlier this angel visited Mary, telling her she would conceive and bring forth a son.
“How is this possible?” Mary wanted to know. “Don’t you know that I am a virgin?”
The angel answers her with these words; Luke 1:35 The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy— the Son of God. ESV
So the answer to the HOW? question is, by the shear creative force of God’s Word spoken into Mary’s life (and womb). John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, ESV
Just as the Word of the Lord spoke light into existence, and as sure as the Word of the Lord set the whole created cosmos into place, so the Word of the Lord…
“You shall conceive and bring forth a son…”
planted God’s life in Mary’s womb.
God’s own life wrapped in a few cells of new human flesh, not the “progenerated” flesh of Adam the 1st, of Genesis, but of a the new-creature, a new Adam—Adamthe last , the One supplied by God , which new human attach itself to Mary’s uterus, which interrupted her monthly cycle during which time a fully human infant was formed around the very life of God.
Why all this process?
Hebrews 2:14-15 tell us why.
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, ESV
So back to Luke 2:10-11; the angel comes to the shepherd’s night camp to tell them; “This is the child that has just been born, BORN UNTO YOU THIS DAY, the Son of God, has become the son of man, given to you in one person. He lies wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger in Bethlehem.”
When the angels disappear back into the heavenly realms what do the shepherds say amongst themselves?
Luke 2:15 … "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see THIS THING that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." ESV
This thing! ??? —
They don’t know how to describe what has been revealed to them.
This thing—IS the salvation of God wrapped up in the flesh of Jesus.
Jesus is “the mystery” of God’s will appearing among us clothed in human flesh. (see Ephesians 1:9)