Posted by: missionventureministries | December 14, 2016

WHY WAS JESUS BORN? – John 3:16

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Have you ever stopped to think about the profound meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ? Although many people have heard the story of Jesus’ birth, its real significance is misunderstood by many.  

Let’s start from the beginning.

 God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the beautiful Garden of Eden that supplied their every need. There, God Himself walked with them and taught them everything they needed to know. (Genesis 2:8-25) 

They had everything, so what went wrong?  

God gave humans the gift of free choice. He gave them the ability to decide whether they would obey Him or not. Tragically, Adam and Eve followed the father of lies, Satan, and both ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This wrong choice, this rebellion against their Creator, severed their close relationship with Him and God had to cast them out of the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3) 

Right from the beginning we learn that sin means – a direct disobedience to God’s commandments. 

Christ had to be born because after Adam and Eve sinned by failing to carry out God’s mandate to glorify Him in their lives; mankind would have been eternally lost, cut off from God. But, because the Father loves us so much Jesus came to earth to be sacrificed to save mankind from hell which is eternal separation from God. 

So why did Jesus have to be scarified for our sin?  

In the Old Testament Abraham, Isaac and Jacob offered sacrifices to God. Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, God revealed through His faithful servant Moses a religious system that included animal sacrifices and offerings. God instructed His people to participate in the physical rituals of animal sacrifices not because they removed people’s sins, but because sacrifices were necessary because of mankind’s sins. However, Hebrews 10:4 tells us it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Jesus had to be born because, without the True Sacrifice, humanity was doomed. All would die, with no hope. 

Under the New Covenant, God replaced the sacrifices of the Levitical priesthood with the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Himself. Jesus’ death, His ultimate sacrifice, made possible the forgiveness of sins, which in turn enables us to look forward to living and reigning with Christ in the Kingdom of God. Without Jesus’ birth, none of this would be possible.

 

Through Christ, God has restored that which was lost in the Garden of Eden. God has made it possible for all mankind, every person, to come voluntarily into an intimate relationship with Him. This could not have been possible, in God’s great plan, without the birth and subsequent sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

The salvation of mankind was dependent on Jesus coming to earth and living a perfect life, then dying on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. 

The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23), and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)  

The birth of Christ was not the ordinary birth of an ordinary man. The birth of Jesus Christ was the incarnation of God Himself. In other words, our Creator became a man. The significance of this is profound and will take all eternity for us to appreciate. 

So why was Jesus born? He came because we are lost in our sins and trespasses against God. We cannot save ourselves, because our sins have condemned us and we need a Savior. Jesus was born that we might be able to have life after death. He conquered death and sin for us so we could have eternal life with Him in heaven. 

John1:14 says that the Word, the eternal God Himself, became flesh, meaning the man Jesus. When this happened, the eternal God stepped out of eternity into time to become a man of flesh and blood. Jesus Christ was indeed a man, but at the same time, He was God. He is both fully God and fully man. 

Here are several other reasons why Jesus was born: 

  • Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and save the lost. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10) 
  • He came to be a Light in the world. “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46) 
  • Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” (John 6:35) 
  • “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) 

And most importantly Jesus Christ came into the world to do the will of His Father. “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” (John 6:38) 

He came into the world as a demonstration of God’s love. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) 

The Father sent Jesus because of His love for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17) 

But please remember that: 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18) 

We pray that during this Christmas season you will reflect on what Jesus did for each one of us and either re-dedicate your life to Him or accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  

Please realize that the Bible says that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Romans 10:9). But that you also have to make Him the Lord of your life because Jesus said: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21) 

May your Christmas be filled with God’s blessings!

holly

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