Summary: Part 1 of 4 from the series "Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?" Used prior to Christmas.
Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?
The Savior’s Love
2 Cor. 5:14–6:2
Bill Keane’s comic strip, Family Circus, has communicated a beautiful truth about Christmas. As the children were setting up their nativity set, little Dolly held up the baby Jesus and declared, “Here’s the star of Bethlehem!” .
Houston Chronicle, Family Circus, Dec. 23 1988
As we approach Christmas, I want us to look at "The star of Bethlehem." While the majority of the "Christian" world will be thinking about Christ during this season, we would be remiss if we ignored the reason placed upon this season and failed to teach Christ to a lost and dying world.
“When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:1–2). Why is the cross so important? The cross. . . A tool of torture that became the symbol of a movement of hope. The Jews have the six-pointed Star of David. Islam has the crescent moon. Buddhism, the lotus blossom. Christianity, an instrument of execution. An electric chair, a hangman’s noose, a cross of crucifixion.
Why did my Savior come to earth, and to the humble go? Why did he choose a lowly birth? Because he loved me so! Why did He drink the bitter cup of sorrow, pain and woe? Why on the cross be lifted up? Because he loved me so! He loved me so, He loved me so; He gave his precious life for me, for me, because he loved me so.
“Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?” by J.G. Dailey
But what about man’s sinfulness? Paul declares in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Can a holy God overlook our mistakes? Can a kind God punish our mistakes?
From our perspective, both choices are unappealing. But from God’s perspective He can say, “The answer is neither A nor B but rather C. . . the Cross.”
I. Christ had no sin.
A. Christ lived a sinless life to be a perfect sacrifice. 1 Peter 2:21–22
B. Christ’s sinless perfection paved the way for our future perfection. Galatians 2:20
1. Necklace illustration - belonged to Napoleon and bore his inscription.
2. Identification with Christ’s sinless perfection is the Christians hope.
II. Christ became sin for us.
A. The penalty for sin had to be paid. Heb. 2:14–17
B. Christ, The Sacrifice of Atonement.
1. Definition: Atonement–the means by which God shows mercy to sinners.
2. AT–ONE–MENT; Christ’s sacrifice for us makes us one with God.
III. In Christ, we become the righteousness of God.
A. In Christ, we become new creatures. Rom. 6:1–13
B. We are called to obedience that comes through faith. Rom. 1:5
Why did my Savior come to Earth? “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God’s love is wide enough for the whole world! If you are included in the world then you are included in God’s love.
• Universities exclude if you aren’t smart enough.