“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
A cartoon has touched my heart in a way that very few other things can. I can’t really explain why, but I cannot deny the power of a cartoon that first aired on television when I was nine months old.
For over 50 years in A Charlie Brown Christmas Linus has quoted Luke 2:11 to tell Charlie Brown – and all of us – what Christmas is all about.
I’ve written about this cartoon several times, two of which can be found in the Christmas 2016 edition of In My Father’s Footsteps.
What Luke 2:11 is telling us is that the world has received a savior on the first Christmas.
What this world has desperately needed – ever since Adam and Eve gave in to temptation in the Garden of Eden – has been a savior.
Not just any savior – for the world has had many of those. Moses, Joshua, Gideon, King David, just to name a few.
Moses was the savior the Children of Israel needed to free them from Egyptian slavery.
Joshua, Moses’ successor, was the savior Israel needed to win the Promised Land from evil and corrupt people.
Gideon was one of several saviors – called Judges – which Israel needed to call them to repentance and save them from their enemies.
King David was probably the greatest of the Old Testament saviors who fought for a lasting peace in Israel that they enjoyed under the reign of his son, Solomon.
Today we need a savior just as Israel did three thousand years ago – and for the same reason. Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and King David could save the people from many enemies but they could not save them from the enemies that still enslave us today – sin, death, and the power of the devil.
There could be only one savior who could save from these enemies because the only thing that could be done to save all of us from sin, death, and the power of the devil was the shedding of that savior’s blood and his sacrificial death that would pay the penalty for all sin.
Those saviors of old – Moses, Joshua, Gideon and King David and many others – were all pointing to the Savior who could undo sin, death, and the devil with his death.
And that savior was born in Bethlehem on the day we call Christmas. He was born at night, in the dark, and placed in a wooden feeding trough – foreshadowing his death in the dark hanging on a wooden cross.
Our third word worth remembering in this New Year is “Savior” which reminds us that we have a Savior who forgives our sins by his own death and resurrection.
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