Bible Ballistics: Christmas Fortnight-Why?? Vol. 5 #06
We talked last time about the ‘when’ of Christmas. That Jesus was, is and always will be God, our Redeemer. So true, and we have to make sure that we remember that ‘Christ’ Jesus is Christmas. Today we’ll consider the ‘why’ of Christmas, and why this birth is of such import that we celebrate it.
Jesus came for one reason—to save sinful man. Every man, woman, boy and girl who will come to Him will find the cure for the disease that plagues the human race. SIN!! Sin is the issue now, it was the issue then and it will continue to be the issue until Jesus returns and sets up His eternal kingdom.
Matthew 1:19-21, “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
He ‘shall save’ HIS people from their sins. His people? Of course–those that He created and placed on planet earth. His people that chose to sin and go their own way and not His.
Genesis 2:16-17, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” They did and brought death on all mankind!!
God gave man moral responsibility. He created man with a free will and here God gives the man the opportunity to choose. And Eve and Adam chose to disobey God. They chose to reject God’s word and listen instead to lies of the enemy. (See Genesis 3) That old serpent, the deceiver who lied to them—still lies to people today. All who will listen, in fact? There is coming a time when he will be defeated, but that time is yet in the future. For the time being the only way to overcome Satan is through the blood of Jesus.
Revelation 12:9-11, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Our Lord came that we might have life from the dead. We who were dead in sin have been brought back to life, by the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus our Lord.
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Romans 6:22-23, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We all have the plague of sin, yet Jesus came to cure sin. While we all have sinned, Jesus came and paid for sin HE didn’t commit. He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because I owed a debt I couldn’t pay.
2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Hebrews 4:14-16, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 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. 16 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 didn’t just come as a baby in a manger to make a cute story for people to pass down and share with others! He came as the ‘God-man” to redeem fallen, sinful man, because we couldn’t save nor redeem ourselves from that death penalty of sin–Only Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning death could do that. So He went to Calvary for you and me—it’s WHY HE CAME. And as Ephesians 2 tells us so clearly—we who were once ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ have been brought to life in Jesus. If you don’t know Him, I invite you to call on the one who came for you. That babe born in the manger came to die for you and me. He’s still here for YOU!!!
Ephesians 2:1-10, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Won’t you call on Jesus! Why did HE come? He came for you!!! Won’t you trust HIM with your life and let HIM save and change your life forever? Then you can walk with Him in life every day. And if you already know HIM—walk with HIM closely every day!!!