“Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.”

Many titles are conferred in our society. This may involve an honorary degree from an academic institution, knighthood from English royalty, or a Doctorate granted from intense study in a discipline. A newborn child may inherit a title through a lineage of ancestry.

Yet, only one child, born in a lowly manger, bore the title of Lord of all at His birth:

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2: 8-12)

The title that He chose to accept for Himself involved bearing much: leaving heaven with the Father and entering the human world in human form through a virgin birth, carrying out His Father’s business at a young age in the synagogue, knowing His purpose and its consequences, enduring unearned punishment and torture, being suspended on a cross to embrace a cruel death, taking upon Himself the sins of us all which involved being abandoned by the Father. No child ever entered this world with such a weight to carry, such a destiny to live out, such a death to face each day of His life.

“Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.” 1

That night wasn’t silent for long. Heaven proclaimed the arrival of the Lord and Savior of all at His birth: 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2: 13-15)

Let us remember and praise Jesus as our Lord at His birth, through His life on earth, in His death on the cross, and in His resurrection and honored place at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).

 Jesus, the One who chose to be our Lord and our Savior at His birth,

is forever worthy of our praise.

1https://www.carols.org.uk/silent_night.htm

(Sharon  G. Tate blog 12/23/18) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

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