Sunday 20 December
Our Saviour, God and King
The angel Gabriel appears to Mary and promises amazing things about her baby.
READ Luke 1
30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God.
31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
32 He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of King David, his ancestor.
33 He will rule over the people of Jacob forever. His Kingdom will never end.”
Just in these three verses, we find out that Mary's baby will be our:
v31 "You will name him Jesus."
Names can mean all sorts of things. Do you know what your name means?
Here are some of my favourites:
- Cameron means 'wonky nose'
- Campbell means 'wonky mouth'
- Kennedy means 'ugly head'
But do you know what the name Jesus means?
- Jesus means 'God saves'
So when the angel told Mary to name her son Jesus, it was showing that Jesus would be a Saviour.
Give thanks that Jesus came to save us from our sins!
v32 "He will be called the Son of the Most High."
Here we're told another name for Mary's baby, that he will be called the Son of God!
Christians believe in one God who is three persons: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. While that's not easy for us to understand, it means that Jesus is God the Son and so not just a human being but also fully God! That is why people came to worship the baby in the manger.
Perhaps you wonder whether God cares about you. Well Christmas proves that he does: he came all the way to earth himself in order to help you and save you.
Give thanks to God for coming to earth for you!
v33 "His Kingdom will never end."
If you learn about history, you'll have to remember the names of loads of kings and queens, and also loads of dates about when they starting reigning and stopped reigning. But the thing about Jesus is he has never stopped reigning. He is King of the universe today. He will be King tomorrow. He will be King forever! His Kingdom will never end.
Heavenly Father, thank you that the baby in the manger would turn out to be our Saviour, our God and our King. Help us to remember that Jesus is on the throne today and help us to worship him with our mouths, in our hearts and in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.
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