The savior, the Messiah, and the Lord Sunday, at PIWC, Atomic

December 26, 2021

Christmas Convention

Pastor Anthony K. Mensah

Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:1-14

 

Read Isaiah 9:6-7 and Luke 2:1-14.
Also read Surah 3:45-47 and Surah 19:19-21 from the Quran.

The birth of Jesus happened on a day, around the time when Augustus Caesar was conducting a census. Jesus has a three in one name—his is the savior, the Messiah, and the Lord. As research and the reading from the Quran shows, some other religions also attest to the Lordship of Jesus.

As I read through all of these, I realized that Isaiah established that the future of the birth of this child was so certain that, by the way the prophecy came in Isaiah 9:6-7, it was couched as something that had already happened. When the fulness of time came, God sent his son to us.

The birth of Christ actually happened. It was not an imaginary occurrence. It took place in a particular place, at a point in time, at a specific location, and in a particular room.

When the angel was announcing the birth of Jesus, he described how they would find him. He was to be wrapped in swaddling cloths and placed in a manger. This manger was hewn from a rock. Some animals were kept in mangers when they were born. They would sterilize the manger, awaiting the birth of the lamb. These were special lambs used for sacrifices. The implication was that as Jesus was laid in a manger, he was to be the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of the world.

In the same way, when he died, the covered him with linen cloths and placed him in a rock. His beginning was a rock, and his end was a rock. This shows that indeed this is the Christ of God. The baby was not just a baby but the sacrificial Lamb of God who was to take away the sin of the world.

The savior, the Messiah, the Lord—these are ancient titles.

Descendants of Adam need a savior because when Adam sinned, he sinned with the entire human race. The angel said, “You shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.” But it is only God who can forgive sins committed against God. That is why he sent his own son into the world—this son was God. If you want your sins forgiven and peace on every side, then you have to come to the savior.

The implication of the name Christ, or Messiah, is the one who fulfills all the promises of God to his people. So, though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning. That is why Paul said the promises of God are yes in Christ and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). May you receive the fulfillment of every prophetic word. As you celebrate the birth of Christ, may every prophetic word be fulfilled in your life.

He was to fulfill all the promises of God to the nation Israel and the church because he was also the Lord. The Lord means the ruler—the sovereign one, the everlasting father, the one who has no beginning and no end. He knows the end right from the beginning. No one can estimate his days. He is the El Gibbon, the one who possesses power and has the ability to perform certain acts. He has the ability to control circumstances and situations.

When Mary went to Elizabeth and they were conversing, they burst forth in praise to God. Mary said, “The mighty one has done great things for me.” I declare visitation in your life and situation in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Lord is to defeat all our enemies. When he brings defeat on your enemies, he makes your life secure, sound, and protected.

The conclusion is in Luke 2:13-14. The angels said, “Glory to God in the heavens and on earth, peace to all those on whom his favor rests.” It was men who were to praise God but because at the time men had no idea what had been done, God sent angels to give glory to God. So, when you have a full understanding of Christmas, all you have to do is to give him praise. The more you send glory to heaven, the more he brings peace. That is why I will join the heavenly host to give him praise no matter my situation.

Main references
Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:1-14

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