Christmas is just two weeks away. Like me, you’ve probably done some decorating, shopping, wrapping and cooking. That’s a lot of preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Today, let’s take a deep breath and spend a few minutes thinking about what we celebrate. Why did Jesus come?
The quick answer is John 3:16. God the Father sent God the Son to die on a cross for our sins so that all who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (Find out more about how to have a saving relationship with Jesus.)
But did you know Jesus said a lot more about why He came?
A few years ago, I noticed Jesus used “I came” and “I have come” a number of times. So I started searching the Gospels for similar statements. I found almost a dozen!
As I studied them, Christmas took on a deeper and richer meaning for me. I’d like to share them with you. If you have time, look up the Scripture references and ask God to teach you the deeper meaning of Christmas.
Jesus came to…
- Testify to the truth (John 18:37)
- Preach about the Kingdom of God (Luke 4:43)
- Call sinners (Mark 2:17)
- Heal the sick (Mark 2:17)
- Seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10)
- Serve (Matthew 20:28)
- Give His life as a ransom (Matthew 20:28)
- Die (John 12:23-27)
- Give eternal life to all who believe (John 6:38-40)
- Give us full, abundant life (John 10:10)
- Be King (John 18:37)
Christmas began in a manger but it didn’t end there. This year, let’s celebrate the full meaning of Christmas. God came to us to bring us to Him!