I am a proud mommy glowing with such remarkable love for my young boys this Christmas season! Both boys had Christmas performances with their classes last week and I couldn’t be prouder as I watched them embrace the true reason for this season.
My youngest son Bryce just performed in his Cowboy Christmas celebration with his Kindergarten class. He worked so hard for 2 weeks learning the Bible verses in Luke 2:11-14.
11Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! 12And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”
That’s a lot of words for a 6 year- old…but he did it!
As I helped Bryce prepare to recite these verses, the latter part of Luke 2:11 really stood out to me…
He is Christ the Lord!
As I pondered this verse I began to think…
But Is He? Is He Christ the Lord in your life?
This short yet powerful verse has such a great message for us this Christmas season!
He…this baby wrapped in swaddling cloths… this promised deliverer of the Jewish nation…this Messiah that was prophesied about for many, many years… …He is born.
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace . . . Isaiah 9:6-7KJV
He…this Wonderful…Counselor…Mighty God…Everlasting Father…Prince of Peace…is born.
Is He? Is He Christ the Lord in your life? Is He Wonderful…Counselor…Mighty God…Everlasting Father…Prince of Peace in your life?
Each of these descriptions gives us a different aspect of the work that He…Jesus…wants to do in our lives.
His name is Wonderful…
This word comes from the root word “wonder,” which means “a sense of awe.” Jesus wants to bring a sense of awe and wonder to our lives. We no longer have to look to the “things” this world offers to bring fulfillment…because Jesus Christ makes life wonderful.
His name is Counselor….
Jesus wants to give us His personal counsel and direction. He is our guide in our times of need.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 NIV
We no longer have to feel confused or lost in our lives because with Christ as our Counselor we can know that God will reveal His will to us.
His name is Mighty God…
This means that Jesus is omnipotent…He has unlimited power for us as we encounter the demands of life.
Living our life as a Christian is not easy. In fact…it is impossible to be a Christian apart from the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus our Mighty God is there for us to give us the strength to do what He wants us to do.
His name is Everlasting Father…
Because Christ came to die on the cross and pay for our sins and rise again from the dead…we have an Everlasting Father, One who will be with us forever. He will never forget about us. He will always be there to guide and help us through life.
His name is the Prince of Peace…
Because Jesus is the ruler of peace…the prince of Peace…we can experience inner peace in the midst of even the greatest of storms. Because we trust the Prince of Peace in our lives…we can have an inner assurance that He is in control and will bring to pass the very best in…and for…our lives.
There is power in He.
Is…He is…not was…and not will be.
He is alive and He is now…He is in your present situation…He is in your present struggle…He is in your present sorrow.
So is He? Have you invited Him to be in every aspect of your life right at this moment regardless of what you are facing?
Is means “to be; to live” (A form of the present tense)
Jesus was born…not to be in just a part of our life…but to live and be in every aspect of our life. He isn’t just a piece of the pie…He is the filling inside that fills every piece of the pie!
He is the way…the truth…and the life.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6 NIV
There is present power in Is.
Christ…He is Christ.
Christ comes from the Greek word Christos…meaning “anointed one” or “chosen one.” This is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew word Mashiach…or “Messiah.”
“Jesus” is the Lord’s human name given to Mary by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:31) and Christ is His title… signifying Jesus was sent from God to be a King and Deliverer (Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 32:1).
Jesus Christ means “Jesus the Messiah” or “Jesus the Anointed One.”
To be anointed is literally to have sacred anointing oil poured on one’s head because God has chosen the person for a special task. The oil was a sign of sovereign power or priesthood. Priests and kings were anointed…and occasionally prophets. Kings were anointed during their coronation rather than receiving a crown. Even though prophets and priests were anointed…the phrase “anointed one” was most often used to refer to a king.
He is Christ…He is King…He is the Messiah…He is the Anointed One!
And is He Christ? Is Jesus the Christ…the King…of your life? Have you given Him power and reign over and in every area of your life?
FYI: Side note of how the word “Christmas” originated.
The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes maesse…a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek christos and “maesse” is from Latin missa.
And check this out…pretty cool!
In early Greek versions of the New Testament…the letter Χ (chi)…is the first letter of Christ. Since the mid-16th century Χ…or the similar Roman letter X…has been used as an abbreviation for Christ. Hence, Xmas is often used as an abbreviation for Christmas.
There is power in Christ!
Lord…He is Christ the Lord.
In the New Testament…Lord is the most frequently used title for Jesus Christ. Jesus is referred to as Lord 747 times in the New Testament and “Savior” only 24 times!
So where do you think the emphasis is? Jesus as your Savior…or Jesus as your Lord?
Although we rarely use this term Lord in our daily lives…we are all quite familiar with another word…Boss!
And that is basically what Lord means…one possessing authority, power, and control. It means master…the one who calls the shots…the one in charge…the one who makes the decisions.
Jesus is Christ the Lord.
Well is He Christ the Lord? Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is He in control? Is He in the driver’s seat and you riding shotgun?
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NIV
We aren’t given the option of receiving Him as Savior and not as Lord. If Jesus isn’t Lord of all…He isn’t Lord at all!
And this implies that we submit every area of our life to Him.
I am not saying this is easy by any means…but it is a process and God will strengthen you as you take steps in this direction.
1.Lordship begins in the heart.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord… 1 Peter 3:15
2.Lordship requires obedience.
Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
3.Lordship is a continuous walk.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him. Colossians 2:6
There is power in the Lord!
What a packed full powerful message for us today that He is Christ the Lord!
Do you believe that?
This Christmas …declare and believe that He is Christ the Lord! And watch your life with Jesus change as you embrace each aspect of this powerful verse!
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- Do you understand the powerful message of Luke 2:11 that He is Christ the Lord?
- Is He Christ the Lord? Is He Wonderful…Counselor…Mighty God…Everlasting Father…Prince of Peace in your life?
- Have you invited Him to be in every aspect of your life right at this moment regardless of what you are facing?
- Is Jesus the Christ…the King…of your life? Have you given Him power and reign over and in every area of your life?
- Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is He in control? Is He in the driver’s seat and you riding shotgun?
Review above the detailed description of each word in the verse Luke 2:11 to understand and grasp the power He is Christ the Lord can have in your life today…and every day!