Wednesday 25 December, 2019
Behold, your Salvation comes
“Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes…” (Isaiah 62:11 ESV)
It is Christmas day, praise God! In Christmas day, we celebrate the birth of a Saviour. We have all reasons to be grateful to God for the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins (Matt. 1:21). In Christmas, we do not celebrate the birthday and or birthdate of Jesus Christ, we rather celebrate the fact that a Saviour is born to us. At his birth, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds watching over their flock by night and proclaimed: “I bring you good news that will cause great joy to the people. Today in the town of David, a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
The birth of a Saviour is a critical point in the redemption plan of God. After the Fall of Man, God had in mind that an offspring of the woman will crush the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15). God fulfilled this promise in Christ Jesus who had to be born of a woman and we happen to celebrate his birth today. The series of prophets in the Old Testament did not only speak of his coming but longed for it. We must be grateful that we are witnesses of this Salvation. When we celebrate Christmas, we therefore give thanks to God for his grace (Titus 2:11) revealed to us through the birth of Christ the Messiah. David Jeremiah has this to say about the mystery of Christmas:
“The true celebration of Christmas is when we ponder afresh of God who became human, entered history through a virgin’s womb, and brought redemption to the world”—David Jeremiah.
At the birth of Jesus Christ, we see the fulfilment of what prophet Isaiah proclaimed: “Behold, you Salvation comes…” After beholding the child Jesus, Simeon took him in his arms, praised God and said; “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eye has seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations” (Luke 2:29-30). Even the prophet Anna on beholding the child Jesus, “gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38).
I praise God that He has enabled me to see the Salvation of the Lord in Christ Jesus. On this day of Christmas, I am thankful to God because he has seen my misery, pronounced the coming of his Salvation and fulfilled it in the birth of Jesus the Saviour. I praise and thank God because his grace which brings salvation has appeared to all mankind (Titus 2:11). As you celebrate Christmas, I implore you to ponder on this great message of Christmas and allow the Salvation promised and fulfilled in the birth of Christ bring you everlasting peace and joy.
Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas!
Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version, 2011 edition.
Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a priest in the Church of Uganda (Anglican), Diocese of Ma’di and West Nile. He serves as Dean of Students’ Affairs at Uganda Christian University Arua Campus.