Wednesday, December 23 – Jesus, Lord, at thy birth

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” John 18:37

This is not your typical Christmas passage; however it does help us consider the complete picture of why Jesus was born and who he was at his birth.

Jesus is Lord over this world and us because he created it and us. Col. 1:16 states that all things were created by him and for him. If you make something, it is usually yours because you made it. So it is with all creation. Jesus made it, he is in charge of it, and he is Lord over it.

He is also Lord because of the fact that he caused us to be born again; he made each believer into a new creation. That means he is Lord over our lives. When we become children of God, we also become his slaves, which means that he is in charge of our lives and all that we do is done in obedience to him.

In this carol we again see the contrast, he is Lord, yet he was a little baby. Even as a baby, though, he was still Lord. He never lost his divine nature in his life, but continued as God, although he was also a man.

Jesus’ purpose for coming was to display the truth that he is Lord over creation, Lord over our lives, Lord over death and hell and Satan. It is only through Jesus that we have the victory, especially over death (1 Cor. 15:54-57).

In the end, every knee will bow to him as Lord. Reflect on that Christmas truth as you read Phil. 2:8-11.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


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