Today’s Reflection: Luke 2:1-20
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 49:1-18; Matthew 1:1-17
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:12)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Christ the Savior is born! Merry Christmas! Righteousness and peace have kissed. Heaven and earth have touched. The divine and human are united together in the person of Jesus, born of Mary on Christmas day! Shepherds wonder and the hosts of heaven rejoice! To save us, God has become like us, one of us, born in the midst of us.
And the message of the angel is Good News. Christ the SAVIOR is born. Not Christ the Judge. Or Christ the Enforcer. Or Christ the One for whom you better not pout or cry. Christ, the SAVIOR. The One who saves. Saves us from sin and death. Christ who will grow up and bear your sins. Die in your place. Rise from the dead.
Christmas is a blaring trumpet blast that God is not just “up there” or “out there.” He’s not just an idea or a philosophical principle. When it comes to God, He is a Person in a particular place. It’s not just that the Savior is born, it’s that you can also find Him somewhere. Bethlehem. Swaddling clothes. Manger. The Good News isn’t just that God did something, but that He is somewhere in particular to do that thing for us. Today, the manger of Bethlehem. On Good Friday, the cross of Calvary. On Easter, the Upper Room away from an empty tomb. Jesus is God in the flesh, in a particular place.
And that’s still true. We might paraphrase the angel’s sermon like this: “Today is born for you in the City of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And behold, you shall find Him, at the font, in the water with His Word; in His Church, where His ministers declare His Good news; and on the altar where His Body and Blood are given for you to eat and to drink.”
It’s not just that we have the Good News of salvation. It’s also that we know where to find it. Where Jesus Himself is to give out that salvation. Manger. Cross. Altar. There you will find the Savior who is Christ the Lord. The God-Man who is YOUR Savior. Merry Christmas! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
“To you this night is born a child Of Mary, chosen virgin mild; This little child of lowly birth Shall be the joy of all the earth. (From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, LSB 358:2)