What Child Is This?

David Bast

READ : Luke 2:8-20

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (v. 11)

Though the citizens of Bethlehem—including, apparently, Joseph’s relatives—didn’t think enough of Jesus to do him honor at his birth or even to give the family a decent place to stay, there were those who acknowledged his true worth. Some knew right from the start who he really was. In ancient society shepherds were outcasts, but God chose to send heavenly messengers to lowly shepherds in the hills outside Bethlehem with the astounding news of the Lord’s birth. Maybe he knew that they just might be unsophisticated enough to believe it.

Who is Jesus Christ? “He is the Savior, Christ the Lord!” proclaims the angel.

The shepherds decided to head into Bethlehem and check out this rather fantastic story. But when they came to town, they saw that it was just as they had been told, sign and all. And so, naturally, they glorified God and told everyone within earshot the incredible news of the Savior’s birth. What else could they have done?

Who is Jesus Christ? He is the Word made flesh, who dwelt among us, the Bible declares. He is God of God, Light of light, very God of very God, the church confesses. He is Lord of all.


O come, let us adore him.