Luke 2:10 The angel said to them, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people; for there is born to you this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Thoughts by Martin Luther from Watch for the Light.
“See to it that you do not treat the Gospel only as history, for that is only transient; neither regard it only as an example, for it is of no value without faith. Rather, see to it that you make this birth your own and that Christ be born in you….The Gospel does not merely teach about the history of Christ. No, it enables all who believe it to receive it as their own, which is the way the Gospel operates.
Luther’s words sound like the essence of what we call being born again, don’t they: “…see to it that you make this birth your own…” The angel’s words made this story a current event: ”there is born to you this day…”
Every day of this Advent walk is “this day” for us. The angel’s words have become more than history: “there is born to you this day a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” They have become a current event for us and that’s what makes Advent about our Birth of FaithToo.