Christ’s birth is a miraculous concept. The Son of God set aside His heavenly garb to be clothed in human flesh. The King of kings gave up His place at the Father’s side to give us a future and a hope. The Righteous One came to live in a world enslaved to sin and then die for sinners to set them free from sin!
Why in the world would Jesus do that? What made Him give all that up, become like us, and enter into our world?
To find the answer, we have to look beyond the manger scene in Luke 2 and into the entirety of Scripture. In a little Advent devotional called Why Christ Came, we’re given several explanations drawn straight from Scripture that answer why Jesus came to earth. Let’s look at fifteen of those reasons. I hope these truths will inspire you to give thanks and celebrate Christ’s birth more deeply this Christmas season.
- To save sinners.
The problem of sin is that it separates us from God, and only a total elimination of sin reunites us with God. Jesus is the answer to that problem! He came to remove the guilt of sin through His death so that those who believe in Him would find new life (1 Tim. 1:15; Eph. 2:11–13).
- To bring light to a dark world.
When young Helen Keller lost her hearing and sight, a woman named Annie Sullivan came into her life and taught Helen to hear without ears and to see without eyes. Imagine if there had been no Annie Sullivan for Helen?That describes our lives without Jesus. Darkness. But Jesus brings Light to our world (John 1:1–5, 8:12, 12:46)!
- To be made like His people.
That baby boy in the manger 2,000 years ago was as fully human as any baby boy birthed into this world today. But this baby was born holy and perfect so that He alone could wholly and perfectly atone for the sins of mankind (Rom. 5:17–19, 8:1–4).
- To destroy the devil and his works.
Jesus faced the same temptations we face; yet unlike us, He lived victorious over sin. Because Jesus conquered sin and the enemy, we are no longer enslaved to the curse of sin. He sets us free (Rom. 6:6–11; Heb. 2:14)!
- To give eternal life.
Jesus is our Savior who rescues us from sin—and who gives us eternal life. Nothing and no one can take that away from you (John 6:51; 1 John 5:20).
- To bring great joy.
The angels announced the birth of Christ as a joyful event worthy of massive celebration. But the party doesn’t end there! Jesus promises us fullness of joy in Him—in this lifetime, as well as the one to come (Luke 2:10; John 15:11).
- To demonstrate humility.
Jesus is the best kind of teacher. He didn’t come to tell us what to do; He lived it out for us. In Him we find the ultimate example of perfect righteousness and jaw-dropping humility (Phil. 2:5–8).
- To preach the gospel.
Jesus came to set the gospel story into motion—and to tell others about it! We too, like the people in Jesus’ day, need to hear and receive this good news in order to have eternal life (Luke 4:18, 43).
- To bring judgment.
It’s not comfortable to talk about judgment. But in reality, God’s judgment is a sign of His mercy. Without it, we wouldn’t know truth from error. We would fail to see the full scope of our sin and our complete dependence on Christ for salvation. Without right judgment, we wouldn’t be declared righteous through Christ’s sacrifice (John 9:39–41).
- To give His life as a ransom for many.
We are all born under the curse of sin, making us captives of our enemy, Satan. Jesus became a man in order to redeem us, to pay the ransom price with His blood, and to free us from the chains of sin and death (Mark 10:45).
- To reveal God’s love for sinners.
You can probably recite John 3:16 in your sleep. But does its truth penetrate your heart and leave you in awe? Ponder this: God gave up His only Son to die for sinners . . . because He loves you (1 John 4:9).
- To call sinners to repentance.
You can have the illusion of perfect health and still have a deadly disease thriving underneath the surface. You won’t seek treatment unless you know something is wrong with you. Jesus came to show us our sin-sick hearts—to show us our need for a Savior. He then calls us to repent of our sin. He offers us complete healing of our souls if we’ll trust in Him (Mark 2:17).
- To die.
Imagine if your sole purpose in life was to die. I would never sign up for that mission! And yet that is exactly what our Savior did. He joyfully submitted to His Father’s plan to be born in order to die a criminal’s death (John 12:25, 27).
- To satisfy our deepest thirst.
You might find temporary fulfillment in the things that you crave—affirmation, value, love, success—but Jesus wants you to know that He alone can satisfy the longings of your heart. And that’s why He came (John 4:13–14).
- To reveal God’s glory.
Jesus is fully God in flesh, God’s gift to us. It’s as if God said, “I want you to know who I am, so here. This is My Son. He is just like I am. Get to know Him, and you’ll get to know Me” (John 1:14; Heb. 1:3).
Christ Was Born for This
Are you growing in amazement as you think of all that Jesus gave up and all that He endured in order to welcome you into the kingdom of heaven? And this list doesn’t even begin to mine the depths of the great mystery of God becoming man!
Christmas is so much more than a story about a sweet baby boy born in a manger. It is evidence of God’s relentless love for you. There’s a familiar Christmas carol which captures well the meaning of Christmas:
Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!
Jesus was born to save—that’s the best reason of all to celebrate!
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