Sermon:
WHY WAS JESUS BORN?
John 1:1-4, 14, 18
Christians Rejoice at Christmas. Rejoicing at Christmas, though, has nothing to do with Bells ringing, Snow on the ground, Presents under the tree, or Visits by Santa. The True Joy of Christmas is found in knowing that Jesus is Born, and Brings A Message Of Life And Love And Victory Over Death. Christmas Has An Atmosphere Of Wonder And Beauty. But Jesus did not come into the world merely to bring wonder and beauty. Jesus Came To Bring Meaning To Life; He Came To Bring The Fulfillment Of God’s Love.
We are going to Explore this subject - The Purpose and Reason for the Coming of the Christ Child to the Earth. Why did he Come into the World? Why was He Born a Baby in the Little Town of Bethlehem? There are Many Ideas and Philosophical Answers that men propose but God Clearly tells us in the Holy Scriptures the Real Reasons Why Christ was Born.
THE THEOLOGICAL TERM FOR WHAT HAPPENED AT CHRISTMAS IS CALLED THE “INCARNATION.” The Prophet Isaiah had Foretold the Incarnation in a Name. By the Holy Spirit He prophesied that the Promised Messiah would be Called “Immanuel,” meaning “God With Us.” The Christian Doctrine of the Incarnation is Clearly Taught in the Bible and is Basic to our Faith. In the Person of Jesus Christ, God has Come to us In The Flesh. In History’s Greatest Miracle, God has Become a True Human Being. John’s Gospel begins by Identifying Jesus as the “Word” (The Logos – The Total of the Revelation of God), who John 1:1-2 “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
John 1:14 So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
Phil. 2 is one of the Most Powerful Biblical Expressions of the Incarnation …. It Presents Jesus Christ Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: NLT He laid aside his mighty power and glory and appeared in human form.
The Christmas Story is this: In an Obscure little country occupied by the Roman Empire, God Became Human and Lived on the Earth. He Came, Not in Majesty, but as an Infant. There was No Vacancy at the Bethlehem Hilton. His Parents Spent the Night in a Stable. God the Creator Entered His Universe. God Wrapped Himself Up in Human Flesh and Gave Himself to Mankind, The Greatest Christmas Gift Ever. He Identified with People. He is Not a God who is Way off in Space Somewhere but God in Contact with People … Loving People, Touching People at the Point of their Need, Bringing them Comfort and Power. Through Jesus, God is Reaching Out to People with Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, & Healing.
There are Four Statements in the Bible that Address Why Jesus was Born:
I. JESUS CAME TO REVEAL