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Re: The King In The Manger
« on: December 22, 2019, 08:40:20 am »
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Luke 2:8. . . And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night.

To hear Jacob tell it; a shepherd's life would not be my career of choice. (Gen 31:38-40)

Luke 2:9-11 . . And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

. . . And the angel said to them: Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a savior;

The Greek word for "savior" is soter (so-tare') which basically means a rescuer. Common examples of this would be lifeguards, firemen, cops, emergency medical teams, Coast Guard units, snow patrols, and mountain rescue teams. Rescuers typically save people who are facing imminent death and/or grave peril and utterly helpless to do anything about it.

Saviors in the Old Testament were what we might call knights in shining armor, i.e. they were ordinary men and women called upon by God to liberate their people from things like slavery and oppression. (Neh 9:27)

This one born in Bethlehem wasn't an ordinary savior. He was/is a divine being. (John 1:1-14)

Luke 2:11 . . which is Christ the Lord.

The Greek word for "Christ" basically refers to anointing; which is how Jewish kings were installed back in the Old Testament; for example David (1Sam 16:1-13). So then, calling someone "Christ" is all the same as calling them a king; regardless of their ethnic identity. For example: the Old Testament equivalent of Christ is mashiyach (maw-shee'-akh) which the Bible applies to a Persian king named Cyrus. (Isa 45:1)

In that respect, there have been many Christs, but none like this one because he will not only rule his people, and not only rescue his people from their normal woes, but also the one woe that all men fear most.

Matt 1:18-21 . .This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

. . . But after he had considered this, an angel of The Lord appeared to him in a dream and said: Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Jesus is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Joshua; which in Hebrew means: Jehovah-saved, i.e. saved by Jehovah. Now when Jehovah saves people from their sins, then they need not ever again fear the sum of all fears. Surely no one would dispute that kind of news as justifiable cause for the "great joy" announced by the angel to the shepherds.
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