This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.
The Promised Messiah
The Lord made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness. Those entrusted with this knowledge were filled with faith and joy:
Mary responded, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” —Luke 1:46-47
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem to find the babe in the manger after the angelic visitation, and they were “...glorifying and praising God.” —Luke 2:16, 20
Wise men journeyed to Bethlehem to worship the newborn king of the Jews. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” —Matthew 2:10
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah, in word and song, and with faith and joy. But what of those who have not heard of the Christ Child? Who will deliver the message of “good news of great joy” to them?
We have been given this message of God’s love and salvation to share, as we “...proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) Your generous support for the formation of men for pastoral ministry and women for deaconess service at Concordia Theological Seminary ensures that the Christmas message will continue to be proclaimed, so that others may also respond with faith and joy in the fulfillment of the promised Messiah. Through your gift, servants in Jesus Christ will continue to be formed who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all.
The Fulfillment of the Promised Messiah
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” —Isaiah 7:14
“And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’ ” —Luke 1:30-33
Glory to God in the Highest!
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ ” —Luke 2:10-12
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.’ ” —Matthew 2:1-2