YOU IS BORN...A SAVIOR
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11)
Day," December 25th, has for long centuries been celebration
of our dear Redeemer's birth. Our Lord Jesus was God's great
gift to Israel and to the world, even though this is only fully
appreciated by the true Christian. Through him also all of God's
gifts are promised and to be bestowed. (Eph 4:8) In view of
these things, the custom throughout Christendom of making Christmas
Day a joyful one, by the interchange of little tokens of love
in the family, and to the poor, seems most appropriate.
central thought of our Golden Text is that Christ is a Savior,
provided for the world--for "all people." And while
all may gather something of the force and meaning of the word
"Savior" as signifying deliverer, its underlying force
and significance are not generally recognized. It is supposed
that the Lord and his disciples spoke the common language of
Palestine, the Syriac, and in that language this word, rendered
Savior, signifies "Life-Giver." How much force this
adds to the meaning of this beautiful text! Jesus was born to
be a Life-Giver, and this joyful news is to all people. He may
give life to whomsoever he chooses; and he chooses to give it,
in harmony with the divine will, only to those who come unto
the Father through him, by faith and obedience.
life-giver is a father, and it is from this point of view that
our Lord Jesus is prophesied to be, by and by, known as the
Everlasting Father--the Giver of everlasting life--to the obedient
of the world, not to the Church. (Isa 9:6; 1Pet 1:3) Adam, the
father of the race, failed to give to his posterity perfect
and lasting life: through sin he came under the sentence of
death himself, and transmitted to his posterity only a blemished,
dying condition. What the whole world needs, therefore, is life--eternal
life,--and in sending Jesus into the world, God was meeting
our necessities most bountifully.
God does not propose to give eternal life to any of his creatures
unless that gift would be a real blessing: and we know that
eternal life would be a curse, instead of a blessing, to any
not in full accord with the Lord and his righteous arrangements.
Accordingly, we are told that all who would have the life which
Jesus came to secure for mankind, and to offer to all, must
accept the same according to the terms, conditions and limitations
of the New Covenant--faith in the Redeemer and heart-harmony
and obedience to God, to the extent of ability. In the present
time (sin abounding and Satan deceiving and blinding) not many
can appreciate this great gift of God's love, and not many become
his disciples in verity. This is the time, therefore, in which
the Lord selects, "elects," from the whole world of
the redeemed ones the "little flock," who shall be
joint-heirs with Christ in the Kingdom.
thanks be unto God, we can now see that the plan of salvation
does not stop with the gathering of the elect Church, but that
in the full sense of the word it is merely beginning there.
And the testimony of the angelic choir which sang at our Savior's
birth, and of the angel who declared, "Behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people,"
shall yet be completely fulfilled.
the lesson above set forth (Heb 1:1-9), the Apostle calls attention
to the fact that our Lord Jesus and his testimonies were but
further developments of the great divine plan of which God had
been speaking to his people Israel, "at sundry times and
in divers manners" in the past. He points out that if it
was always appropriate to hearken to the Lord's messengers,
it is much more appropriate that we hearken to the great Chief
Messenger of Jehovah, our Lord Jesus, "whom God hath appointed
heir of all things."
next points out the basis of our good hopes of salvation through
Christ--the basis on which divine justice and love may operate
toward fallen mankind; viz., that this Jesus "himself purged
our sins and has sat down on the right hand of the majesty on
high," far above angels and principalities and powers.
the Apostle points out the high exaltation of our Lord Jesus,
and that it was a reward for his obedience in suffering death
on our behalf, he proves four things: (1) That our Lord Jesus
did give a ransom for our transgressions, which was satisfactory
to the divine justice; so that through his stripes we might
be healed, notwithstanding the sentence of eternal death which
was against us through father Adam's transgression. (2) He proves
this by the fact of our Lord's resurrection and high exaltation
above angels, to share the Father's throne and nature in glory.
(3) This exaltation of the Savior implies power--power to carry
out the blessed provisions of the New Covenant, which he merely
sealed with his precious blood. It must yet be made effective
to mankind. (4) To make it effective will imply the use of the
power and exaltation granted to this Life-Giver by Jehovah.
Having bought the world from under the sentence of death he
will in due time proceed to the establishment of the heavenly
Kingdom: thus he shall bring in everlasting righteousness as
the law of earth; lay judgment to the line and righteousness
to the plummet; sweep away all the refuges of lies; bind the
great Adversary, Satan; and, opening the eyes of the blind and
the ears of the deaf, he then will cause all mankind to know
respecting the love of God which passeth all understanding,
which would not that any should even perish, but that all might
turn unto him and live. (Isa11:9; 28:17; 35:5; 2Pet 3:9; 2Pet
3:13; Rev 20:2)
exalted and fully empowered Life-Giver will then stand ready,
not only to make known to all mankind the terms of the New Covenant
under which all may have eternal life, by obedience to God in
him, but as the great Prophet he will stand ready to teach,
and as the great Priest he will stand ready to help their infirmities
and to direct their paths in the way of righteousness.
What a Savior!"
is able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto the Father
by him." "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God unto salvation, to everyone that