People do some interesting things these days with gender reveals and birth announcements. One family I know put a gender reveal video on Facebook showing Dad swinging with all his might at a softball. When he hit it, the ball exploded into a cloud of pink! Miriam was getting a baby sister!
But no gender reveal or birth announcement today has ever equaled the birth announcement of Jesus. Angels announced His birth! And the message they brought to shepherds on the Judea countryside was more than "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!"
"An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “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." (Luke 2:9-11 NIV)
"It's a Savior!"
No wonder Charles Wesley captured the moment in a hymn that has become a much loved Christmas carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Glory to the new-born King."
The birth of a Savior is joyful good news! God sent His Son to save us from the deadly effects of sin. Jesus was born to pay the price for sin and break the power of death. God did not leave us in our brokenness. He did not leave us to perish. God acted to redeem us. Jesus took on flesh to show us the very face and heart of God, and to sacrifice Himself in our place so we can be forgiven and free! No wonder angels announced His birth!
This good news is still being proclaimed. Angels appeared to shepherds, who were common and ignored, to tell them everything had changed because a Savior was born. And since the day of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of believers in Jesus Christ, God has given the Church the task of proclaiming to any who will listen this great, Good News. Jesus is the Savior of the world. And by grace, through faith, He is the Savior of my life and the Lord of it, too.
We proclaim it with loving service. We proclaim it with compassion and prayer for people who are broken and hurting. We proclaim it by living holy lives that mark us as aliens and strangers to the fallen world around us. We proclaim it when we joyfully and naturally share with friends, family and co-workers how Jesus has changed and is changing our lives.
Let us join the angels in proclaiming the best news the world has ever received. A Savior has been born. His name is Jesus. He can change your life and give you hope. How do I know? He has changed mine and given me hope. Hallelujah!