King Jesus, the Savior

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

The message to the shepherds the glorious night of Jesus’ birth came ringing loud and clear:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord…”

Prior to that Joseph who was pledged to be married to Mary had been told the following words by the angel which appeared to him:

“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.

King Jesus is Lord and Savior. Jesus came to be the Savior, but his salvation was not what the people expected. They wanted deliverance in fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. But they little realized, evidently, that such deliverance could not come apart from deliverance of another kind which was also part of the fulfillment. Not only did they need physical salvation, but they needed salvation from the Satan. From the world, the flesh and the devil.

God ends up being their salvation in the person of Jesus. Jesus came to fulfill Israel’s calling to the world. He is Israel’s Savior, and through Israel the Savior of the world. He saves through his birth in becoming one of us, God made flesh/human. His life and ministry are in terms of that salvation to Israel, then ultimately through Israel to the world, and precisely Israel as constituted around him, and under his kingship. And then he dies for the sins of the world, including the sins of Israel. And he rises again as the resurrected one into the new life and order of God. To ascend and from the Father pour out the Spirit on his people, the church. And to come again to bring to complete fruition what was accomplished on the cross.

And so Jesus is the Savior. Our only salvation is in him. Our hearts often are inclined to other gods and other saviors, who in the end prove to be false. We need to acclimate ourselves to the reality that Jesus alone is the Savior. This means renewed commitment to prayer. When things seem to be falling apart, or when a need is known, coming to Jesus as Savior. Not taking matters in our own hands, or looking to something else for help. We need more than what the world can give. We need nothing and no one less than King Jesus, the Savior. That we might be saved and together bring his salvation to the world. A salvation found only in him.

 

 

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