Advent – Week 1 – Day 2

Day 2 – Tuesday

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be reg- istered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…. ” (Luke 2:1–21, ESV)

This is the traditional Christmas story. It may be very familiar to you. If it is, read it several times today. Pay special attention to verse 11. The titles for Jesus are profound. Do not miss them. In this verse, Jesus is called Savior and Christ the Lord. Today we will look at the word Savior. This word means “the one who rescues from danger.” There are difficulties in this world. We live in a world of broken relationships and physical and spiritual pain. We live in a world where evil is present and prominent.

But God has an ultimate plan for these things.

Ultimately, God created us to live in deeply intimate relation- ships with Him. But there was a fracture that broke the rhythm of that relationship. That fracture is sin. That fracture leaves us in this world of brokenness. But it does not leave us without hope because Jesus has come as the Savior o This season, we celebrate the coming of that hope.