Posted by: missionventureministries | December 19, 2011

LOVE IS THE TRUE MEANING WHY WE CELEBRATE THE SAVIOR’S BIRTH – John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”  – John 3:16-17

The birth story is the account of God’s Son becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Each year as we celebrate the Savior’s birth we see that the true meaning of this celebration is God’s incredible act of love for us.

God knew that if we were to ever be reconciled with Him again, we needed a Savior. For that reason, God provided a way, the only way, for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” – Romans 5:8

Here are some reasons why Jesus came:

  • “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 4:5
  • Jesus said: “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” – John 18:37
  • “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”  – 1 Timothy 1:15
  • The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15)
  • “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  – Luke 19:10
  • “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
  • “God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.”  – 1 John 4:9
  • “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  – John 10:10

We read in Luke 4:18 that the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Jesus and He opened it and found the place where it was written:  “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” (Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1)

God’s gift to the world is His Son. Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth to die for us, making salvation available through His death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. Someday He will return as King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus gave His life so that every sinner could be brought out of darkness into God’s light and experience salvation from our sin by the grace of God through faith in Jesus our Messiah. Since the beginning the manger had been overshadowed by the cross, because God loved us so much.

May we celebrate this time of year focused on the reason for the season. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

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