The most amazing thing about writing this blog is how after writing things again and again. Sometimes you get breakthroughs in awesome ways. I was watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the umpteenth time. I’ve watched and enjoyed it time and again, laughing at all the jokes in the same places.
I always [frequently] get goosebumps when Linus quotes parts of Luke chapter 2 informing Charlie what the real meaning of Christmas is. He got to the verse 11 and I heard it new for the umpteenth time again.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
This is the Christmas message, a presentation for the world. An announcement, a proclamation from the voices of angels, it is veritable truth yet written upon the page may miss your scrutiny and fail to boggle your little mind. Clearly someone reads it in our hearing every year. The problem for me and many I know is that we have been reading the King James Version all our lives yet we barely understand what is meant by the words on the page. Let’s take this verse apart bit by bit.
For unto you – This was spoken by the heavenly host, a huge number of angels summoned and sent to the shepherds to proclaim the debut of the kingdom, announced by John but delivered by a newborn.
is born this day in the city of David – context for the announcement and specification that this is the offspring of David and fulfillment of the prophesy concerning where he is to be born
a Saviour, – one who will live up to his name, and deliver his people from destruction
which is Christ – affirmation that he is the Messiah but not only that . . .
the Lord – an oft used old English word that has not been well translated to modern English because there is no equivalent word. Lord means ‘owner’ and it has other connotations including one having authority, or influence. It means Master. He owns the world and all of us. He had authority and wrest all other authority from death and the grave.
The angels declared it and we wait until the world discovers the truth proclaimed that fateful night. May you revel in that revelation again and again! Merry Christmas!