5 REASONS JESUS CAME INTO THE WORLD Why did Jesus come down from heaven? Why would He humble himself to live in a fragile body of clay? Why would He submit Himself to the disgrace of a manger, disgrace and a cross? Until you understand this you are missing the great joy of the Christmas season.
1. HE CAME THAT WE MIGHT KNOW WHAT GOD IS LIKE Fear, born of a lack of knowledge about God has been a curse on the human race. Then Jesus came and “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, …hath declared Him” (John 1:18).
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?”(John 14:8, 9).
Christopher Luthardt said, “Heathenism was the seeking religion, Judaism the hoping religion. Christianity is the reality of what heathenism sought and Judaism hoped for.”
Here He is. Look and Jesus and see the Creator of the universe is possessed with a pssion to care for all our needs, forgive all our sins, bear all our burdens, dry all our tears and lift our dead bodies form the grave.
2. HE CAME TO BRING US VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL “To this end was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Satan defeated the first Adam under circumstances greatly favoring man. He was in a paradise, God walked with him and blessed him. There Adam was overcome by the Tempter.. From that day a veil of hopelessness settled over our race. Lust, hatred, and greed have cursed all generations.
But then in a wilderness wit all the circumstances favoring the Devil, the second Adam—Jesus Christ, Rose the victor. Weakened by hunger He ran the gamut of Satan’s temptations without once yielding. Hallelujah for the victory. Tear off the veil of hopelessness. Jesus won the victory in the wilderness. On the cross Christ delivered final blow over Satan, bruising the serpents head.
Because Jesus came into this world and defeated our great enemy we are assured He can come to live in your bodies and “give you power … over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19).
3. HE CAME TO ASSURE US HE UNDERSTANDS ALL OUR PROBLEMS Jesus enables us to understand what God is like and to assure us God understands what we are going through. Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Jesus understands what you are going through. Family members were ashamed of Him. He was homeless, and had to borrow a coin to illustrate a sermon. The people forsook Him for being a drunkard and an anarchist. His healings went unappreciated, they said He did it by the power of the Devil. Judas, a good friend betrayed Him. Then He suffered great physical agony in His scourging and crucifixion.
What a joy to come boldly to Him and know He understand what we are going through.
4.HE CAME TO DIVIDE THE GODLY FROM THE UNGODLY Christ will return to reign in peace one day. But He came at Christmas to divide men. “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided , three against two, and two against three. 53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law” (Luke 12:51, 52).
The swift and slow move side by side until confronted by the race. The brave and cowardly mingle until confroned by war. And so the godly man and the ungodly man mingle until they are confronted by Christ.
Jesus revealed what was in heaven to man.. He also revealed what was in man to heaven. The Pharisees appeared very good until they were confronted by Christ. They crucified Him.
5. HE CAME IN A BODY TO SAVE US I John 3:5 says, “Ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins.” At His birth angels sang, “there is born to you this day … a Savior.”
Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” And without a body there is no blood. So to atone for our sins He had to come in a body.
Without Jesus every birthday would just mean we were lighting candles and rejoicing over a fellow getting oen year nearer to his death. Because He came to save us His birthday gives new meaning to our birthdays. The can now mean, we are one year nearer heaven, home, seeing our loved ones, getting new bodies, seeing our Lord and heights of joy earthly mortals have never known.