I’m sure just about everyone who has grown up in church can give pat answers as to why Jesus left the splendors of Heaven to enter a world where He would be scorned and persecuted but have you ever taken time to examine exactly why Jesus did that? The obvious answer is taken from the familiar John 3:16 (He loved us) but it is more in-depth than that.
To Give Abundant life
John 10:10 tells us, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Abundant life. Think about it. If you look up the definition, this means life that is “more than adequate, over-sufficient, richly supplied.” Way too many professing Christians are just trying to get through their days. They are barely living instead of living in the abundance that is available to them.
In John 5, Jesus told the people, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” This happens way too often even today. So many are seeking for answers, a reason to live but they want to keep their life instead of surrendering to the only One who can really give life.
Someone came up with the phrase, “Wise men still seek Him,” and I will add that men and women who are really wise will find Him. He has promised that, “when you seek Me, you will find Me if you search for Me with all your heart.” Oh that people would realize how desperate they really are and not stop seeking until they find Him.
To Bring Light
Another reason Jesus came is to bring light to a dark world (John 12:46). God still desires to do that through His people. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus told His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” If the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you, your light should be shining bright. He can enable you to shine in the midst of darkness, to rejoice in the midst of trials, to smile when you would usually be crying. We sometimes forget that we have a part to play in this “game of life” but, unlike most games, it’s our choice if we are going to win or lose this one. With Jesus, we will be a victorious winner.
That the World Might Be Saved
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).
It may seem odd that I didn’t start with this but I believe that, if we who are saved will live an abundant life and be the light God desires us to be, we will see more people come to know Him as well.
If you do a study, you will find more reasons why Jesus came to earth. He was our example. He came to serve, to minister, to do the will of the Father, etc. And He came to be the supreme sacrifice for our sins so that none should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). This must begin with you and me, however. God can save anyone in any way He chooses but I believe many people are not being saved because they are not seeing true Christianity lived out in our lives. We don’t study Matthew 5 and take it seriously. Instead, we live, talk, and act like the world, wanting to fit in yet using Christ’s name when it profits us something.
Brothers and Sisters, don’t grieve the Lord. He did not have to come to earth but He did so out of love for a lost, dying, and hopeless world. As you celebrate this Christmas, examine your heart. Are you living the abundant life that Jesus came to give you? As you go to work each day or interact with people around you, are you being a light, or are you trying to fit in so people don’t tease you for being different? This is not just a time to celebrate the birth of a baby but a time to realize what His coming did for us and how we can best serve Him. After all, he is the only person who was born over 2000 years ago yet is still alive.
I think there is an even greater reason, one which reflects God’s innermost thoughts toward mankind in general, and toward His own people in particular, and perhaps is best expressed in His own words from the OT…..
“Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8
From the time God created man, His desire, contrary to what many believe, was not to leave man to his own devices, but rather to be with them. To spend time with them, loving, fellowshiping, helping, enjoying our company. Even after sin entered this world, it was God who came and asked…”Adam, where are you?” When the world was in the process of destroying itself through corruption and violence.it was God that initiated salvation by visiting Noah.
And ever since then God on many occasions has visited man to save, redeem, rescue, and strengthen …why? For His own sake, as well as for ours. God, believe it or not, wants your company. He wants you near Him, because He enjoys having you close by. Yes, He desires us to have an abundant life..He desires that we be a light to mankind and share the knowledge of Him with the world…but let us never lose sight of the fact that He, the Creator of the universe, is head over heels in love with each and every one of us and simply digs our company.