Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)

2:11 “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke shares with us three reasons for joy as he describes three characteristics of Jesus.  Jesus is Savior, Messiah (Christ), and Lord.

As Savior the Christ-Child grows to give his rescuing grace, to all, to us.  In him we are loved by God,…we matter to the God of all the galaxies for God comes as a Savior.

Novelist Reynolds Price said there is one sentence all humankind craves to hear: “The Maker of all things loves and wants me.”  That is the sentence Jesus proclaimed loud and clear and often.  The Maker of all things is the Maker of all human beings,  each person is deemed worthy of God’s attention and love.

But Jesus is more than Savior. He is also the Christ, Greek word for the Messiah.  The Messiah is the anticipated one; the one for whom we wait to save the day, the world.  Messiah means he is the one who will return and make everything right.

And finally, the Christ-Child is not just Savior and Messiah but he is also Lord.  As Lord he is Mighty God.  Mighty God means that he able to do far and above what you and I can even imagine.  As Mighty God he has the power to turn all his dreams into reality.   It’s one thing to announce a dream but quite another to do something of what one has dreamed.  And it’s extraordinary to realize every dream.

The Messiah will realize every dream, do it all, make everything right.  He will make the crooked paths straight, rough places smooth, tired hearts refreshed, and dead hopes stir with the newness of life.

The Christ will return to bring life in the defiance of death, his love will triumph over hatred, his justice will defeat all the wrong and all the corruption, and goodness will overcome every evil.

The Savior is Christ and Lord; extraordinary Good News of Great Joy.  He is the first and best gift of Christmas.  Merry Christmas.