WHY JESUS CAME

For Christmas week 2015, I want to pause my blog on the Supernatural and post about the birth of Jesus Christ. These posts are taken from my book called “Promise”

Bible Reading:  Luke 19:1-10; John 10:10; 1 John 3:8

We learned yesterday that Jesus is our Saviour and I want to explore this a little more thoroughly today. The Bible is very clear about why Jesus came.

PromisecoverFirstly, Jesus came to seek and save the lost [Luke 19:10]. When Jesus came to Jericho He met one of the most hated people of that time, a tax collector, whose name was Zacchaeus. When Jesus went to his home the people complained that He was a guest in the house of sinner. That meeting with Jesus totally changed Zacchaeus’ life. He confessed his sin, his deception, false accusations and cheating people. He even gave back to the people he had cheated four times more than he took! Following this amazing change in Zacchaeus Jesus said, “…the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Without God we are lost sinners but Jesus came to save us and to restore our relationship with God.

Secondly, Jesus came to give us life [see John 10:10]. The Message Bible puts it very clearly: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” This is a life that is rich and satisfying and Jesus said that He is the One who gives this life. It is a life of fellowship with God that will go beyond the grave and never end. Happiness is to know Jesus and live in the way that pleases Him. In his letter, John puts it like this: “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life” [1 John 5:12]

Thirdly, Jesus came to set us free. He destroyed the works of the devil

[1 John 3:8]. The devil has sought to rule the world and its people. He works through fear, control and intimidation. There is no love in Satan’s kingdom. He robs, destroys and kills. When Jesus died on the cross he destroyed the work and power of the devil and his demons. The power of fear, intimidation and control were defeated at the cross. We never again need to be in bondage to sin because Jesus came to set us free!

Questions:

What is the evidence that a lost person has been saved?

What does the phrase “life in all its fullness” mean to you?

In what ways does the devil try to control people? What are some of the tools that he uses? Do you, as a child of God, enjoy the freedom the Christ bought for you on the cross?