Why did Christ Come?
There wouldn’t be tinsel and holly and Christmas trees. Or nuts and candies and turkey dinners. Or gifts and Christmas cards.
There wouldn’t be family reunions. There wouldn’t be parties. There wouldn’t be a lot of sentimental drivel set to music.
There wouldn’t be special religious services. Or dramatic presentations. Or Christmas carols.
But is this why Christ came? Did He choose to be born as a babe so there would be a Christmas Day? Did He decide to come to this world so there would be a season of celebration? Did He want to give the human race an opportunity to make merry?
Most of us, without hesitation, would deny that Christ came for the above reasons. And yet, we have obscured the real reason for His coming with so many trappings that we forget why He came.
Perhaps we should let Christ Himself tell us why He came. Jesus said, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” Luke 5:32. Not to invite the good people did He come; rather those who live in sin.
In fact, if He had come to call only good people, no one could have responded. Because “There is none righteous, no, not one… there is none that doeth good… “ Romans 3:10 & 12. Paul writes further: “ … all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.
Regarding His purpose for coming, Jesus also said, “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” Matthew 20:28. Christ was not like so many important earthly men who insist on the best of service from their fellows. Jesus came Himself to serve and that service involved giving His life as a ransom — to pay the price of our deliverance from the penalty and control of sin.
Another reason for Jesus’ coming is given in John 12:46 “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness.”
Finally, Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and… have it more abundantly” John 10:10 The sinner is said to be “dead in trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1. He needs spiritual awakening which Christ brings, the life which Jesus alone can give. Paul writes in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
What does Jesus’ coming into the world mean to you? Tinsel and gifts and merriment? Or something more?
His coming can mean much more — an invitation to repentance, redemption, freedom from darkness, spiritual life. All of this can be yours through faith in Jesus Christ. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” I John 5:12.