Seven Reasons Why Christ Came into the World
Seven Reasons Why Christ Came into this World
In the early years of my preaching ministry, I used to preach this message at Christmas time. In the very beginning, because of the strong sentimental feeling associated with the Baby Jesus, I used to preach on Luke chapter 2. But as I grew older in the faith, I asked myself: ‘Why did Christ come into the world?’ The story of His birth in Bethlehem is very appealing, but we need to ask the reasons why. And so I came upon seven reasons for the Incarnation. Here they are.
The first reason is that He came to reveal the Heavenly Father. Men have a concept and idea of God – the Eternal God, the Almighty God, the Invisible and yet Omnipresent God. But Christ came into the world to show us the loving Fatherly heart of God. God is not only our Creator, but He is our Father in heaven. Religion conveys a false picture of God – whether it is the Hindu religion, the Muslim religion, or even the Christian religion. Yes, even Christians have the false picture of a Santa Claus God – a Father Christmas, but not a Father God. Christ told Philip His disciple, ‘He who has seen Me has seen the Father God.’ John 14:9. Hebrews 1:2 says Christ is the exact representation of God. He is the radiance of the glory of God. John in the very first chapter of his gospel speaks of the glory of the grace of God. Have you ever thought of the God of all grace? God who so loved the world that He gave His beloved Son to die for our sins on the Cross of Calvary.
Let us declare, without apology or equivocation, that Christ is God who came into this world, who came in the flesh, who came in the flesh to live the life of a Man, a Man walking in the midst of men, a Heavenly Man – and yet a Man of flesh and blood. And He came in the flesh, to shed His precious blood on Calvary’s Cross. But we who are so hardened in heart and deaf and blind because of self and sin are unable to comprehend the magnitude of the sacrifice of God – God who came in the flesh, for His body to be broken, for His blood to be shed – all for the remission of our sins. Yes, the second and most important reason is that Christ came into the world to seek and save those who are lost, Luke 19:10. He came as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29) and to redeem us from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13).
The third reason is that He came to fulfil the Scriptures, every bit of them. Read Matt 5:17, Luke 21:33, Luke 24:27. He came to uphold the Word of God. Remember, He is the Living Word (John chapter 1) and the Bible is the Written Word of God. The entire Bible, every one of the 66 books, speaks of Christ. If we do not honour the Word of God, we dishonour Christ. The charismatic heresy is that it downgrades the Word of God, giving weight to feelings, visions and experiences.
The fourth reason is that He came to announce the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. While He was born as a babe in a manger, in a poor stable in a little village of Bethlehem, He arrived nevertheless as a King. That is why the wise men from the East came and worshipped him, offering Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Incidentally, they were magi and not the ‘Three Kings of the Orient’ as Christmas carols delusively declare. Furthermore, the wise men came and visited the Child Jesus perhaps a year or two after He was born, because it says in the Bible that Joseph and Mary were then dwelling in a house in Bethlehem.
The fifth reason is that He came to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8. Which explains why Herod, the agent of Satan, was so bent on killing the Child. Our Lord came to set the captives free and to give liberty to the oppressed, Luke 4:18. Heb 2:14 says that the Lord Jesus took part in flesh and blood, so that through His death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil. [We know that spirit cannot die; hence the Lord came in the flesh.] We must observe, and rightly so, that the Bible talks more about proclaiming the death of Christ rather than celebrating His birth. Alas, traditional Christianity has got things the wrong way round, and the birth of Christ is made much of – rather than His mighty and victorious death.
Sixthly, the Lord Jesus came into this world, and dwelt in our midst as the Immanuel God. God dwelling in our midst as Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14. He lived upon this earth as a babe, a child, a youth and a man – living for 33 years in humble circumstances in the region of Palestine; suffering all the hardships and temptations of man, yet living an innocent and blameless life. This shows us how much God desires to have fellowship with man, and also how God came to set up His ‘tabernacle’ in the midst of men. The Lord Jesus Christ was the ‘tabernacle’ in the wilderness, and He was the ‘ark’ in the Promised Land. Today He dwells in the midst of His Body, the Church (also known as Zion).
Seventhly, He came into this world to set as an Example, 1 Pet 2:21. ‘Behold, the Man!’ said Pilate – not understanding that those words meant something far different than he had in his mind. Yes, Christ is the Man, the New Man, the Heavenly Man. Paul said very clearly, in 1 Cor 11:1, ‘Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.’ Carefully reading of John’s Gospel shows us how Christ lived His life upon the earth, always in touch with His heavenly Father, always under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He was totally devoted to the will of God, and lived a life of perfect obedience in all meekness and humility. Christ described Himself as ‘meek and lowly’ – He was the very Lamb of God, He demonstrated the fact by His walk and talk. John in his first epistle says, ‘As He is, so are we in this world.’ We too should have a Christ-like walk and talk.
The Bible further says, and it is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who speaks: ‘For judgment I came into this world.’ John 9:39. But did not the Lord say that He came to seek and save the lost? There is an obverse side to salvation; read John 3:18, 36. Christ came into the world to be received of men as God’s indescribable Gift, John 1:12, 3:16. If we accept Him as Saviour and Lord, we move from death into life – eternal life! But if we ignore Him and reject Him as Saviour and Lord, we come under God’s wrath and judgment – and the end is death, which is not death as we suppose it to be, but eternal remorse in the lake of fire. May God open our eyes to the fact that while Jesus is Saviour, and the Rock of our Salvation, He can also be a Stone of Stumbling and a Rock of offense, 1 Pet 2:8. We would do well to meditate carefully on the reasons for His coming into this world, remembering that once Christ is presented to you in the message of the gospel you are made responsible. You choose Him, and you choose Life. You reject Him, and Death becomes your portion. The choice is in your hands.