Lowly shepherds are given the "good news" that a baby who was "Christ the Lord" had been born in Bethlehem. Before they could even compose themselves, Luke 2 tells us that a multitude of the "heavenly host" appeared to them in the sky in a valley just outside Bethlehem. But are these angels really choirs that are "sweetly singing o'er the plains"? The answer the Bible gives may surprise you. Find out in this episode!

This video is part of the Opening Up the Gospels series.

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Savior

Josh,
You said that in Luke2 the word Savior is in connection with a fullfilment of OT about a political, governamental headship of Israel and eventually of all the world in the Day of the Lord and not in connection necessarly with his death for our sins
This is how we need to interpret this word "Savior" everywhere in the NT?

Savior

Cazan, great question. I think context should determine exactly how we interpret the word. I think it's also important to remember that the title "Savior" is precisely that - a title. For example, take the title "President". The President of the United States does many things - makes laws, commands the military, visits schools and businesses, and takes vacations with his family. To say that the "President" is "the one who visits elementary schools" is true, but when we limit the definition of "President" to "the one who visits elementary schools", we miss the meaning of the word "President" altogether.

I believe the same thing can be said of the titles "Christ" and "Savior". Check out how the two titles are used in the context of John 4 - specifically John 4:29 and 4:42.

Jesus clearly is the "Savior", and as I mentioned in the episode, that title has political and governmental implications - especially in how it is used in Luke 2. Jesus will restore the nation of Israel and reign over them as king as the Law and Prophets spoke about. His plan to do that ultimately involved dying on a cross for the sins of His people, so it is certainly true to say that the "Savior" of the world is the one who "saves" from sin. But the foundational meaning of the word is much more political than we may have heard. That is what I was highlighting in my episode.

I hope that helps!

Blessings,

Josh

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