The first Christmas sermon was preached to a small congregation consisting entirely of shepherds. The preacher was an angel. The message of his sermon? “Today, in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you.”
That is a heavy word: Savior. It says as much about us as it does about this child. If the angel had said “a teacher has been born” or “a mentor has been born,” it would mean that within us exists the potential to fix all that is wrong with the world. It would mean we just need a bit of help: a coach, a mentor, a source of inspiration. But the angel said, “A Savior has been born.” If one needs saving, it means he is totally helpless – completely lost – doomed, without outside intervention. That is how God the Father viewed us: helpless, lost, doomed. So, he sent more than a coach. He sent his only Son to be our Savior.
After December 25, the secular world is done with Christmas. But for the Church, the season of Christmas has just begun. For twelve glorious days – The Twelve Days of Christmas – we will ponder the nativity of the Son of God. We will celebrate what that nativity means: A Savior is born!