December 23, 2015

The Reason for Christ's Birth

The Reason for Christ's Birth

Ever wonder what all the fuss is about Jesus Christ and His birth? Ever wonder just who he was? Whether he was just a good human being, or if there was something more to him? Perhaps he was a prophet? Maybe just a crazy religious guy?! Yet, whom do you say he is?


However, Jesus' own claims were actually quite emphatic. He claimed to be God. For we read, “The Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18) In fact, Jesus even went so far as to say, “Unless you believe that I AM [he] you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24) Here, Jesus takes on the Old Testament name of God, “I AM.” For when Moses was to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, God said, “Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14)

Earlier on, another significant event had transpired at Jesus' own baptism. We read, “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven, said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17) We see here at least two extremely critical things. One, we see the proof for the trinity. That is one God, in three distinct persons. We see, “The Spirit” coming down upon Jesus. We hear a “voice from heaven,” and, that voice saying that this is my “beloved Son.” So we have here, “The Spirit” (Holy Spirit), “A voice from heaven” (God the Father), and the “Son” (Jesus Christ). Secondly, the Father calls him, “my beloved Son.” We see then, that not only did Jesus claim to be God, but that God the Father also declared Him to be just that – the Son of God!

We see then, that Jesus Christ was indeed God. Yet, just why would Jesus come to Earth in the form of a mere man? Why not come in all His glory with with a whole host of angels announcing His arrival as the Son of God? Why not just come right out and declare who He really was? For even His earthly brothers said, “Leave here and go to Judea, that your disciples also may see the works you are doing. For no one works in secret if he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, show yourself to the world. For not even his brothers believed in him.” (John 7:3-5) However, after Jesus' resurrection, we find that His brothers did believe. For, it is written, “Then they returned to Jerusalem...they went up to the upper room...Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:12-14) So then, even His brothers who observed Him from childhood on, became convinced of His true identity, after His resurrection from among the dead!


Yet, why did He come in the first place? Well, humanity had been plunged into sin and thus separated from their Creator-God, due to Adam and Eve's sin in the beginning. Mankind was unable to find a way to be reconciled to God. God's punishment for sin was to steep. God had said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Quite simply, we were stained with sin. We had miserably failed in keeping God's rules. Rules about, “not wanting to have what someone else has,” “wanting a woman who is not my wife sexually,” “not stealing,” “not wanting to murder,” and “not using God's name as a swear word.” (See Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:21-22, 27)There were other rules too. These rules were like a mirror. They showed us the holy perfection of our Creator-God, and how terribly we fell short of being able to be holy like Him. For this is what God had demanded – 100% perfection! God demanded that we be as holy as He is! The Bible simply states, “All have sinned.” There were and are, no exceptions. We have all failed God's test. Not even one person is 100% holy as God demanded. We were thus in a 100% hopeless condition, and this is exactly the the reason why Jesus came to Earth, born in a manger to a virgin by the name of Mary. He came to save us from our sins!

Therefore, we read, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) John the Baptist echoes the same, saying, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) This, was His purpose for stepping onto planet Earth! He came for the express purpose of dealing with our sin! Yet, how would He “save” us “from” our “sins”? Well, we already have a clue in John's words, when he refers to Jesus as, “The Lamb of God.” We know that throughout the Old Testament history, that lambs were sacrificed upon altars. Then too, Jesus Himself says, “I lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:15)

Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners.”
1 Timothy 1:15

The Holy Bible clearly sets forth the consequence of sin. We read, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) Again, Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Very simply then, this is how Jesus would remove our “sins.” He would die. In a very matter-of-fact way, we read, “And they crucified him.” (Mark 15:24) Then the cry of triumph from the cross, “It is finished”! (John 19:30) Your debt of sin was paid in full! His purpose for being born on Earth was accomplished!

On the third day He would arise from among the dead ones. At first we read that, “Mary stood weeping outside the tomb,” but then she hears Jesus say, “Mary.” Then, turning in a tremendous outpouring of relief, she cries out in “Aramaic, Rabboni! (which means Teacher).” Next, we hear the words of the living Savior say, “Go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my God and your God.” Mary Magdalene, then hastens off with great elation to inform the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”! (John 20:11-18)

Oh, you see, Jesus did not come to save us by His birth! Neither did He come to live a good life as a way to save us, or to be honored by all, as some popular figure! No – the price of our sin would never have been paid like that! The truth is, He came to die upon a cruel Roman cross! To have His Father pour out upon Him, for three dark hours, the punishment for all our sin! He was born to die. He came to pay your sin-debt in full. This is the reason Jesus was born! He came to pay your sin-debt in full, and then in most amazing act of grace, to bestow His righteousness to you!

Let us read His birth announcement: “And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) “A Savior”! That is “good news” indeed! A Savior is someone who saves, and He came to save us from our sins – your sins! He came to give as a gift – eternal life! He did not purchase this gift with money, but with His very own blood.

I ask then, will you trust Him as your Savior today?

For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
eternal life.”
John 3:16

Victor J. Reimer

*Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (ESV), copyrighted © 2001 by Crossway. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Unless other wise stated. )

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