The Identity of the Baby Jesus

December 24th, 2019

Minoh International Church
Christmas Eve Service
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso
Luke 2:11
ルカの福音書 2:11


“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke 2:11


ルカの福音書 2:11

Oh, the wonder and the glory of the Christmas story! Tonight’s Bible story speaks with such revelation about the power and the purpose of God.

Considering the fact that God stepped out of eternity into our space-time dimension is really amazing.

We read of the shepherds, lowly and looked down in society, yet called just the same.

We read of the angels astonished that the Creator was born in the likeness of sinful men.

We read of the wise men and we celebrate that these heathen astrologers traveled so far and came to worship the Lord Jesus Christ.

We read of the manger and we are reminded that Jesus the glories of His deity that He might become a man and die for us all. We read all these things, and it is more than our mind can comprehend.

Then, we recall the words of the angel who visited the shepherds on that Judean hillside that Christmas Eve. In the angel’s words, we find the true glory of Christmas. Because, no matter how our contemporary time has turned it to be, Christmas will always be about the Baby Jesus born in Bethlehem.

Tonight, we want to acknowledge the true identity of our Lord Jesus. Notice what the angel of the Lord had to say about who this Baby was.

  1. SAVIOR – He is our Redeemer
    救い主 – イエス様は私たちの救い主です

The first part of verse 11 records the words of an angel to the shepherds: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.”
11 今夜、ダビデの町(ベツレヘム)で救い主がお生まれになりました。

“Savior” This child’s mission wasn’t to save the healthy, or the righteous. He came to set the sinner free. He came for those no one else wanted.

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Mark 2:17


マルコの福音書 2:17

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10


ルカの福音書 19:10

As Savior, Jesus provided three (3) essential blessings to us:

  1. Acceptance

God accepts us through Jesus.

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:7


ローマ人への手紙 15:7

Keith Hernandez is one of baseball’s top players. He is a lifetime .300 hitter who has won numerous Golden Glove awards for excellence in fielding. He’s won a batting championship for having the highest average, the Most Valuable Player award in his league, and even the World Series. Yet with all his accomplishments, he has missed out on something crucially important to him — his father’s acceptance and recognition that what he has accomplished is valuable. This is what he had to say in a very candid interview about his relationship with his father: “One day Keith asked his father, ‘Dad, I have a lifetime 300 batting average. What more do you want?’ His father replied, ‘But someday you’re going to look back and say, “I could have done more.”

God’s acceptance is what matters most. Because of sin, the Bible says we’ve been alienated, separated from God (Colossians 1:21). But, now God has accepted us through Jesus Christ. We don’t need to prove anything. God loves us just the same … because of and through Jesus Christ。

  1. Deliverance

Jesus delivered us from sin’s presence, power and penalty

  1. Temptation and sin may come at any time and in different forms. We need to understand that the presence of sin is so contaminating like a virus that we can catch it without realizing and it’s not easy to resist or shake off.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles [“clings so closely” – ESV].

Hebrews 12:1a


へブル人への手紙 12:1

  1. Once a person falls into sin, it becomes such a powerful force that it dominates all areas of life – mental, emotional, social and of course, spiritual. It has such dominating power that it is the same as being subject to slavery. Listen to what the apostle Paul said:

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

Romans 7:14-15

14 本来、律法は霊的なものであり、問題はむしろ罪ある私にあります。私は、罪という主人に、奴隷として売り渡されているのです。まだ心の中にある罪との戦い15 私は自分のしていることがわかりません。ほんとうは正しいことをしたいのに、できないのです。反対に、したくないこと、憎んでいることをしてしまいます。

ローマ人への手紙 7:14-15

  1. Sin has such a virulent presence and enslaving power that its ultimate result is punishment – the penalty of death. Consider what the Bible says about the consequence of sin.

“For the wages [payment] of sin is death…”

Romans 6:23a


ローマ人への手紙 6:23

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?

Romans 7:24


ローマ人への手紙 7:24

This death is not only physical, but also spiritual (separation from God) and if not resolved could result in eternal death (damnation in hell).

Praise the Lord! There’s a solution to this sin problem.

“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Romans 7:25


ローマ人への手紙 7:25

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ….

Revelation 1:5


ヨハネの黙示録 1:5

  1. Preservation

We are protected and preserved in Him.

Those whom Jesus saves are forever saved.

11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11-12

11 神の言われたこととは、神が私たちに永遠のいのちを与えてくださったこと、そして、永遠のいのちが神の御子のうちにあるということです。 12 そういうわけで、神の子を信じる人にはいのちがあり、信じない人にはいのちがないのです。

ヨハネの手紙Ⅰ 5:11-12

“Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

1 Peter 1:5


ペテロの手紙Ⅰ 1:5

Thank God, He came not as Judge, but as Savior.

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17


ヨハネの福音書 3:17

  1. MESSIAH – He is our Access to the Father

The second part of Luke 2:11 says, “HE is the Messiah.”

This baby Jesus came to do more than provide salvation. He came to allow us access into the very presence of the Almighty God, the heavenly Father.

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14, 16

14 しかし、私たちを助けるために天にのぼられた偉大な大祭司、神の子イエスが味方になってくださるのですから、私たちの告白する信仰を決して失うことがないようにしましょう。
16 ですから躊躇せず、神の御座に近づいてあわれみを受け、時にかなって与えられる恵みをいただこうではありませんか。

へブル人への手紙 4:14,16

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus”

1 Timothy 2:5


テモテへの手紙Ⅰ 2:5-6

The name “Messiah” (from the Hebrew, mashiach) or Christ (Greek, christos) refers to Jesus as the “Anointed One.” We often speak of Jesus Christ as if Christ were His 2nd name. Actually, when we acknowledge Him as Messiah…

We declare that He is the only true Christ. There is no other. He alone is the fulfillment of God’s promised Redeemer.

We declare that our search for any and all other so-called Messiahs has ended.

Later in His ministry, when Jesus asked His disciples if they wanted to leave Him,

Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”

John 6:68


ヨハネの福音書 6:68

For the disciples, the search was over; they had found the One and only true Messiah. And we affirm this same truth each tine we call Him Christ (Messiah).

We declare that He alone provides us with all we need for lasting satisfaction. No one else can lift you from the deepest despair like Messiah. As someone said, “There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.” That’s Messiah, Christ the Lord!

  1. LORD – He is our Master

The third part of Luke 2:11 identifies Jesus as, “the Lord.”

When the angel identified Jesus as Lord, he was referring to One who was to be in absolute control of everything.

Charles Hodge wrote, “The Greek word for lord is indeed used in scripture in the sense of master, and as a mere honorary title as in the English Sir. But, on the other hand, it is the translation of Adonai, supreme Lord, an incommunicable name of God, and the substitute for Jehovah, a name the Jews would not pronounce. It is in this sense that Christ is ‘the Lord, the Lord of Lords, the Lord God’; Lord in that sense in which God alone can be Lord — having a dominion of which divine perfection is the only adequate or possible foundation. This is the reason why no one can call him Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. It is a confession which implies the apprehension of the glory of God as it shines in Him. It is an acknowledgement that He is God manifested in the flesh. Blessed are all who make this acknowledgement with sincerity; for flesh and blood cannot reveal the truth therein confessed, but only the Father who is in heaven.”

This title of our Lord is a reminder to every Christian that Jesus Christ is to be the absolute authority in our lives. We are to allow Him the Headship in every area of our beings. In fact, the first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 

Matthew 7:21


マタイの福音書 7:21

10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

10 それは、その御名のもとに、すべてのものが天でも地でもひざまずき、 11 すべての口が「イエス・キリストは主です」と告白して、父なる神がほめたたえられるためです。

ピリピ人への手紙 2:10-11


It’s Christmas time! As such, we need to remember that the Reason for the season; the Reason we are even here tonight is because in that obscure village in Bethlehem, a little infant was born into this world over 2,000 years ago. That infant was no ordinary baby.


As Savior, He is worthy of our worship. As Christ, He is worthy of our dependence. As Lord, He is worthy of our obedience. As Jesus, He is worthy of all we can give to Him. Have you given Jesus your all this Christmas?