Luke 2:1, 11, 13-14 – “Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth…11 in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army of angels praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among people with whom He is pleased.’” (NASB)
When Jesus came into this world Augustus Caesar was hailed as the bringer of the Pax Romana, the Roman peace. Augustus was also hailed as divine, being called savior and lord. The Roman emperor also had three things he was responsible for: 1. The monthly rations of bread to the citizens of Rome who could not afford it. 2. He was the final judge of all debts; if you felt there was an unfair debt, you could appeal to Caesar to make a ruling. 3. He was primarily responsible for securing peace from enemies.
Jesus comes on the scene and he is declared Lord and Savior by the heavenly host. He is declared as the one who secures peace on earth among people. All glory is to be given to God as the highest authority. The earliest declaration of Christians was that Jesus is Lord. Not Caesar. Jesus would go on to teach his disciples how to pray and we see there that God is the provider of daily bread, God is the one who settles debts, God is the one who leads us to overcome temptation and our enemies.
To whom are you looking to as Lord this Christmas? To whom are you giving glory?
Heavenly Father, thank you for your adoption through Jesus Christ my Lord. Thank you that you have provided for all my needs for time and eternity in Jesus’ name, Amen.