“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
What do you think of when you think of the word Savior?
When I go to Webster the definition says:
1. One that saves from danger or destruction; 2. One who brings salvation.
It also says “used by Christians to refer to Jesus Christ.”
There you have it, the politically correct, generic, vanilla definition of Savior. I also looked at synonyms of the word, savior. They were deliverer, redeemer, rescuer, saver, defender, hero, liberator, protector and there were more. I actually like the synonyms more than I do the definition. Now those are some of the words that come to my mind when I think of Savior!
Can you imagine, what may have been going through the shepherds minds as they were sleeping on a hillside on a starry night and suddenly an angel appeared and gave them those words that a Savior had been born, who was Christ the Lord! And then there were angels singing. Glory to God in the Highest. What were they thinking this Savior would mean to them? I can’t even imagine. You see on top of that being miraculous in and of itself, God had been pretty much silent for hundreds of years. There had been no prophets around for a long time to give messages from God. The people were waiting for the Messiah but I wonder had the waiting been so long that they really wondered if it would ever happen at all. Then God broke His silence by sending the Savior of the World, His son, His only son! I can’t even imagine what was going through their minds as the angel appeared to them with this announcement, and then a heavenly host of angels sang out from the heavens.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 (NKJV)
Scripture tells us their first emotion was fear. Then I’m sure it was awe and wonder. But did they get it? Did they understand what was meant by Savior.
I wonder, but I can try to tell you what Savior means to me. Webster is true when it says Savior is one who brings salvation, but I like the synonyms because He has been all of those things to me. Even more than my salvation.
He is my deliverer. He has delivered me from so many things. Sometimes He delivers me from and sometimes He delivers me through. As He delivers me, He holds me in the palm of His hand and because He holds me I know that nothing can touch me that He is not going to carry me through. I get out of bed in the mornings to meet with Him because I know that if I keep Him close He will walk with me through my days, through the hard days and the good days. Through the uncertain days and the days I think I know what might be coming.
He is my rescuer! I probably don’t even know all the things He has rescued me from. But the things I do know, make me stand in awe of Him. He has rescued me from myself. He has rescued me from shame of a past that I wish I could erase. He makes a way when I see no way!
He has saved me from my sin, He defends me to the accuser,He is my hero, He liberates me to be who He has made me to be and I know He protects me. He is the Savior of the world, born in a manger to a simple girl, in a simple town, in simple surroundings, but with all the fanfare of the heavenly hosts singing! But more than that to me, He is MY Savior, born for this simple minded woman, living an ordinary mundane life. He rescued me, He delivers me, He saved me and I hope I am found praising Him every day for the rest of life! But especially this season. I love the trees, the lights, the whimsy of Santa. I love the family time, and time with friends and an excuse to be together for holidays. But more than that I love my Savior! Worshiping the Savior is what Christmas is to me!