The coming of Jesus was one of the most glorious days in history. Why Jesus came to the world is important to me as a Christian for so many reasons, and the importance of His coming was even more real to me especially after I recovered.
Why do I believe Jesus truly is the reason for this season?
1. We were desperately hopeless after the fall of Adam in the garden. Adam walked with God. Adam had an intimate, close relationship with God. He talked to Him, but that moment of sin separated Adam from God. Yet God did not leave Adam without a promise that He would send the seed of the woman, His only begotten Son to redeem us from our sin and to reconcile us to a knowledge of and a relationship with Him, our Heavenly Father. Even more than men beginning to commit all sorts of dreadful sins, the most fundamental problem was that all of these sins, (in my case: anger, lust, selfishness, pride) stemmed from a broken relationship with God, who walked with Adam in the cool of the day.
When Adam fell, it was not hopeless. God’s promise was like lights in the darkness. Genesis 3:15, (God is speaking to the Devil and declaring war on Him through the seed of His Son.) ‘And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.’
Jesus came like the hope of a woman standing on the shore waiting for her husband to come home from war. God promised Jesus’ coming, and He was faithful to that promise of the Savior.
Romans 5:18-21 says, ‘Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.’
God is worthy of our worship and praise. In a lot of ways, I can’t wrap my mind around how awesome, good, holy, just, and merciful He is. He is the perfect balance of righteousness and peace, mercy and truth.
Psalm 85:9-10 says, ‘Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.’
2. Jesus didn’t come to just make us ‘happy’ or solve all our problems. He came to call us to repentance so that we might be reconciled to God. He came to convict me of my idols (body, food, sometimes entertainment, friends, or family) and draw me to Himself, the One who is alone worthy of our glory.
Mark 2:17 says, ‘”When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
I am that sinner, and I am rejoicing today that I didn’t have to stay like that, that for God’s glory, Jesus reconciled us to God, in His birth, death, and resurrection!
3. As a result of Jesus’ coming, we have life. We have joy in abundance. We have liberty in Christ Jesus, the liberty wherein Christ has made us free.
(Out of all the years of my life, I have felt the most free, and I really believe that it’s because I’ve finally started to understand the joy of my salvation and the wonder of my God.)
John 10:10 says, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
(So thankful that to be with God, to talk to God, to walk in relationship with Him, is the most amazing life ever. It’s devoid of trials, troubles, problems, and struggles, but in it He is always my refuge and strength, my Redeemer, Master, Creator, and Friend.)
4. This one kind of stings sometimes, but it’s in the Scriptures, and so I feel a need to share it. Jesus came to bring a sword, NOT a literal sword, but that kind of sword of conviction of the Spirit that hardens some and softens others. Matthew 10:34, 35 says, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
For a long time I didn’t live a very devoted life to Christ. I didn’t fully grasp the might, the power of my Savior, of my King. I lived like a hardened person, skeptical, naive to other people’s problems, unkind, and uncaring, but I am thankful to say this is the radical transformation that God worked in my life. Yet, I have begun to realize that God wants my full devotion. God is like a loving husband who has a protective, devoted, and loving jealousy over his wife. It does happen that the message of Jesus divides people. It even divides families and close loved ones, but truly I know that even if I am ever all alone, I will never be alone, because the Lord of hosts is with me. The God of Jacob is my refuge.
Thankful for the birth of Jesus today! Thank you for letting me share my heart. Thank you for reading! <3
What do you think?
What is filling your heart with joy today?
What’s your favorite part of Christmas?
How are you resting today?