The word of Christmas we are focusing on today is the word LORD.
Let’s go back to the verse we read a couple of days ago. In Luke 2:11, the angel announced to the shepherds, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (ESV). What does it mean to say Jesus is Lord? Lord is not a word we use in everyday language. But it is an important word for worship. In the Bible, the word Lord means the person with supreme authority, the master. In our day, we might use the terms, owner, boss, or CEO. The lord is the one who is in charge.
Lord is a title God uses for himself over seven thousand times in the Old Testament. So these Jewish shepherds knew the angel was announcing the birth of a divine person. This was no mere baby. He wasn’t even simply of earthly royalty. This baby, this Messiah — the Christ — was God himself!
Probably the most important passage about Jesus’ Lordship in the Bible is in Philippians 2. It describes his divinity, his incarnation, his suffering, his exaltation, and his Lordship over all creation. The Bible says,
For he, who had always been God by nature, (divinity) did not cling to his prerogatives as God's equal, but stripped himself of all privilege by consenting to be a slave by nature and being born as mortal man (incarnation). And, having become man, he humbled himself by living a life of utter obedience, even to the extent of dying, and the death he died was the death of a common criminal (suffering). That is why God has now lifted him so high, and has given him the name beyond all names (exaltation), so that at the name of Jesus "every knee shall bow", whether in Heaven or earth or under the earth. And that is why, in the end, "every tongue shall confess" that Jesus Christ is the Lord (Lordship), to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:6-11 PHI).