"He Shall Be Great"
When the angel of God announced to Mary that she had been chosen and favored of God to be the woman through whose womb the Son of God would come into the world, he said, “Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” The angel's prophecy has come to pass. The Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, truly is great.
In His Person
Christ is great in his magnificent person. Here is God and man in one person, fully God and fully man, yet completely one! There is none like him. He is the great God, the great Man, the great King, the great Mediator between God and man, our Great High Priest, and our great Savior. God took man into union with himself in Christ, because there was no other way for God to save us from our sins. God could not suffer, and man could not satisfy; but the God-man both suffered and satisfied all that was required for the salvation of God's elect.
In His Propitiation
Our blessed Savior is great in his propitiation. Having brought in an everlasting righteousness for us, the Son of God suffered the wrath of God as our Substitute. When he was made to be sin, God drew forth the sword of his justice and buried it in his Son! Now, there is no wrath left in God to be propitiated for us. He says, “Fury is not in me!” Having punished our sins to the full satisfaction of justice for us, God will never charge his elect with sin (Rom. 4:8; 8:1, 34; 1 John 2:12).
In His Pre-eminence
Our mighty Redeemer is great in his pre-eminence. God has made his Son to be Head over all things and has given him pre-eminence over all things. Christ has all power, all dominion, all authority, and all honor. He is to have all the praise of all his people for all things. The Lamb upon the throne is worthy of praise from all who are about the throne. The triune God has so arranged the affairs of the universe that Christ shall be praised forever by all things. All creation shall praise him as Creator (Rev. 4:11). All rational creatures shall praise him as their rightful Lord (Phil. 2:9-11). All angels and men, both righteous and wicked, shall render praise to Christ the Judge in the last day (Acts 17:31). And all God's elect shall praise Christ alone for the whole of their salvation forever (1 Cor. 1:30-31). Yes, Jesus Christ is the great God and our great Savior.