Have you heard about the Savior of all humankind – those who lived in the past, the present and in the future? God has been telling us about His coming since the time of the Garden of Eden, at which point, we learn that He will be victorious over the devil himself – for our sakes. (Gn. 3:15)
Approximately 3500 years ago, God sends two messages, whereby we learn that this Savior will come to this earth, born of a Jewish mother, and He shall speak for God. (Job 19:25; Dt. 18:18.)
It was revealed to King David about 3000 years ago that the Savior would be his descendant, and that God would establish His (God directly refers to Him as ‘Son’) kingdom over the entire earth forever. (2 Sam. 7:13, 14; Ps. 2:6.) David also received a vision of His future crucifixion. (Ps. 22:16 – 18.)
In the time of the prophet Isaiah (740 – 710 B.C.), God spoke to him, which brought the nature of this ‘Savior’ into greater clarity:
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Is. 7:14 NKJV
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. Is. 9:2 NKJV
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice, from that time forward, even forever. Is. 9:6, 7. NKJV
Now we’re getting someplace. This Son of God comes to the earth through a virgin birth (so that He is not stained by Adam’s original sin); and He is given to humankind to shine the light of God upon them and free the people from the plague of death. His name is ‘Immanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us’ – alluding to an extremely cohesive relationship to God (see His descriptive ‘Mighty God’ and ‘Everlasting Father’) – again with the eternal kingdom, now seen filled with peace and justice.
Wait! There’s more. God gave Isaiah a passel full of Holy Spirit-inspired insight:
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight is in the fear of the LORD, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins and faithfulness the belt of His waist. Is. 11:2 – 5. NKJV
“…You should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” Is. 49:6 NKJV
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed…and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter… Is. 53:5 – 7. NKJV
God rests His Spirit and power within His Son, who rules His Father’s kingdom with equal authority – lifting up the righteous, but laying the wrath of God’s conviction upon the unrepentant wicked. We also see that the Son of God brings His Father’s salvation to the entire earth.
Part of this process includes the crucifixion of our Savior, who took on the sins of the world through Hid death and resurrection so that its inhabitants may live…
Jumping forward 700 years, we find the virgin Mary visited by the angel Gabriel:
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Lk. 1:30 – 33. NKJV
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.” Lk. 1:35 ESV
Jesus, the Son of God; but you knew that, didn’t you? Another angel confirmed this to Mary’s fiancé:
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Mt. 1:20, 21. ESV
When Mary gives birth, angels appear to shepherds nearby and proclaim:
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Lk. 2:29 – 32. ESV
Immediately after Jesus’ birth, the devil began to move against Him. (Rv. 12:3 – 5.) King Herod sent soldiers to kill every male child in Bethlehem, hoping to slay Jesus in the process. However, God directly intervened by sending an angel to Joseph, telling him to get his family out of Israel until the danger passed.
And so, Jesus survived; and as He grew, every single prophecy concerning Him was fulfilled. As a result, Jesus is on the throne of His kingdom, and salvation is now available to everyone who wants it. The world has changed, and it will never be the same – thank God. And, He’s coming back…
Merry Christmas! Today is Savior Day.
Goodnight and God bless.