I Told You So By Rev. R. David Jones
Luke 2:21 (NKJV)
“And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.”
I have had on occasion the words, “I told you so” spoken to me. This usually happens just before I am served a heaping portion of crow. Oh, I should also let you know, there is typically egg on my face as well. This happens because for some reason I chose to not believe what was told to me.
When most people read the Christmas story, they read Luke 2:1-20. While I love the first twenty verses of chapter two, I believe stopping there is like attempting to end a sentence without any punctuation mark. It’s a great story with angels, shepherds, and a Savior, but who is this Savior? The answer comes in verse twenty-one. His name is Jesus. I told you so. Period.
Verse twenty-one leaves no doubt as to who this Savior is. In a world where people want multiple ways to Heaven, multiple “saviors” to follow, and even want to think that one’s self is able to achieve one’s own saving, the Bible just doesn’t allow for it. If we are to truly celebrate the meaning of Christmas, we need to understand that it is not just about a baby, it is about the baby known as Jesus.
From this point on, will you include verse twenty-one in the story? Will you let others know that the baby you celebrate is specifically Jesus, God Himself? Will you end the story with a period, boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus? If you do anything less, you will one day hear the words, “I told you so.”
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.