|Posted on December 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM|
"THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS"
There are several reasons for Jesus’ coming to earth with 6 witnesses; Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and the Hebrews writer.
So I want to let six of this witness speak and testify to why the Son of God came into the world.....several reasons for Jesus coming;
a. To ransom many,
b. To call sinners,
c. To give sight to the morally blind,
d. To divide households,
e. To save from divine condemnation, and
f. To give eternal life.
1. He came to ransom many...Mark 10:45.. The son of man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many, the reason we need a ransom to be paid for us is that we have sold ourselves into sin and have been alienated from a Holy God. When Jesus gave his life as a ransom, our slave master, sin and death and the devil had to give up their claim on us. And the result was that we could be adopted into the family of God.
Paul put it like this in Gal. 5:4-5 when the time had come, God sent His Son, born of woman under the law, to redeem those who were under the law so that we may rec'd adoption as sons and daughters of God. In other words, the redemption on the ransom frees us to be part of God's family. We had run away and sold ourselves into slavery into the father's house. To do that, God's Son has to become a human being so that He could suffer and die in our place to pay the ransom. This is the meaning of Christmas. Hebrews 2:14 ....put it like this. Since the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature that through death he might destroy him who had power of death. In other words, the reason Christ took on human flesh so that he could die and in dying pay a ransom and free us from the power of death.
2. He came to call sinners to repent. Luke 5:31-32, Jesus said to them, those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repent. Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. First and there need to bear ransom to be paid for sinners. From them could be successful call to sinners. The call is based on the ransom, and Jesus says he came for both of these things. He does not have the ransoming or the calling to others. He ransoms and he calls, even today He is calling through the Bible and through the preaching of the Gospel. He is calling this morning that is the meaning of Christmas. He came to all sinners.
3. He came to give sight to the morally blind. John 9:39, Jesus said, for judgment I came into this world that those who do not see may see. And John 12:46, I have come as a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me might not remain in darkness, Jesus did not merely come to ransom and to call, He also came to open people eyes so that they may come and see the light. Our problem is also moral blindness, needing the gift of sight. We are simply blind to some spiritual realities that are utterly crucial to see and embrace. That is why Christmas came that those who do not see may see. This is the meaning of Christmas.
4. He came to divide the households... Matthew 10:34, Don't think that I have come to bring peace on earth, but come to bring sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother and daughter against her daughter in law and a man’s foes will see these of his own household. The point of this word is not that God loves division and strife. The point is that strife and division caused by true allegiance to Jesus better than no strife and division. The point is that when person is ransomed and called and given sight, something differently with that new sight and they have a new master because of that sovereign call and they are wonderfully free from fear and guilt because of that sufficient ransom, and so they think differently and feel things differently and act differently. And for sins in the family that can be threatening and no tension develops. For this, Jesus came into the world, that too, is the meaning of Christmas.
5. He came to serve from divine condemnation. John 3:17, for God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in him is not condemned but who does not believe was already condemned. "God send His Son to save us from His own just condemnation and wrath. The need for salvation implies that there is danger we need to be save from. That danger is sin and death and the evil. But the most serious danger we call is the danger of the condemnation of God. If God is for us, then sin and death and evil will fail to destroy us. But if God is against us nothing can save us....Christmas, the meaning of Jesus is God's way of being for us," if we will believe" He who believe is not condemned but he who does not believes is already condemned.
6. He came to give us eternal life. John 3:16. For God so love the word that He gave His only begotten Son that so ever believed in him should not perish but have everlasting/eternal life, that is if you believed God's offer and guaranteed to commit your total life to Christ, control all the days of your life. You must be born again.
Pastor Rod Domingo