Jesus came to _____________.
How would you finish that sentence? What was the first thing that popped into your mind?
Many are familiar with the Christmas story of how Christ came into the world, but few know exactly why He came into the world. Ultimately, Jesus was born in the manger so He could die on the cross; He came to die for our sins. Although, encompassed within this great truth, the Bible tells us several other specific reasons as to why Christ came into this world.
During this Christmas season, meditate upon the several reasons why Immanuel came to be with us. Jesus came to:
1. To Take Away Sins
“You know that He appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
Jesus is the only One who can take away sin because He is the only One in whom there is no sin.
2. To Serve and Give Himself as a Ransom
“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Jesus has served all of mankind by coming to pay a debt that He did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.
3. To Destroy the Works of the Devil
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b).
The penalty and power of all evil was destroyed through Christ’s death.
4. To Redeem and Adopt
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
The Son of Man came so that we could be adopted as sons of God.
5. To Preach the Good News
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose” (Luke 4:43).
Jesus came to preach a message: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14).
6. To Save Sinners
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15).
Jesus came to save sinners. Save them from what, though? From perishing (John 3:16) and the wrath of God (Romans 5:9).
7. To Render Judgment
“I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind” (John 9:39).
Jesus came as the just judge, revealing the true spiritual condition of those who are in the light or are in darkness.
8. To Put Away Sin
“He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26b).
We try to cover up, hide, or get rid of our sin, but Jesus came to put our sin away once and for all.
9. To Send Us
“As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).
The Father sent the Son to be the Savior, and the Son sends us as messengers of the Savior.
10. To Be Our Life and Propitiation
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).
Through His perfect life and substitutionary death, Jesus was the propitiation for our sins, meaning that He satisfied God’s justice and removed God’s wrath from us. In His life, we find life; through His propitiation, we have purpose.
May we treasure these truths this Christmas season!