“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
When our daughter was small, her nickname for a time was Augie. I couldn't tell you why, except that her baby sister started calling her that. Sometimes, however, nicknames reveal something about a person, like "Tiny" or "Eagle-Eye." In the ancient world, some leaders had exaggerated nicknames or titles describing their accomplishments, such as "Alexander the Great" and "William the Conqueror."
Jesus has a title that describes his accomplishments. In several places he is called "Jesus the Savior." But this title is no exaggeration. When heaven's angels appeared to a group of shepherds watching over their flocks in a field near Bethlehem, they were bringing good news. They were announcing the birth of the One who really would save us, by dying in our place, restoring our relationship with God, conquering death, and bringing shalom (peace) into the world.
Why should we accept the claim about Jesus as Savior? Now only eyes of faith can see Jesus for who he is. But one day, as the apostle Paul declares, when Jesus returns, all of creation will recognize this Savior for who he is and finally bow before him as the King of kings and Lord of lords (see Philippians 2:9-11).
How will you worship him today?
Dearest Lord Jesus, in your humble state we often fail to see you for who you are, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Savior. Help us to see you in all of your glory and mercy. Amen.
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