2/20 Luke 2:11

11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

The angelic messenger spoke these words to the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem. (See April 27 evening in Through the Bible Daily Devotions). These shepherds may have been tending sheep that were raised specifically for sacrifice in the temple in neighboring Jerusalem. The angel may have been telling them that they would need to find a new job. Unto you is born the Lamb of God!

"In the city of David" points to the promise of a Messiah from the line of David. He is a Savior, but He had not come to deliver us from the oppression of man. He came to deliver us from the enslavement of sin and impending judgment. He is Christ, that is to say, the Messiah, the Anointed One. And He is Lord! Not just a ruler but the Ruler. He is the One for Whom all things exist. This one sentence from the angel tells us exactly who Jesus is.

These angels would say the same thing to you and me. Unto us has been born the Anointed One that will reign forever on the throne of David, our Savior from sin and death, the Lord of all. He came for us! He came to restore what sin has so marred, the image of God in us. But we must receive Him as Savior and Lord if we are to experience His transforming power. We must, like the shepherds of old, seek Him out and worship Him.

Consider: Have you heard the angel's message?