Summary: Jesus came to be Immanuel but why?
WHY DID JESUS COME?
John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
1) Jesus came to be Immanuel-God with us. The Word became flesh. As we discovered when I preached on Jesus being the Word, Jesus existed before he became a baby in Mary’s womb. He was in his glorified state with the Father and he was with him from the beginning. Jesus is just as much God as the Father is God. Therefore, when Jesus was made flesh he gave up the splendor of heaven to live as we do. Now there would not be a distance between man and God. Col. 1:15 says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Now there wouldn’t be this obscure understanding of God for now he would come down and cohabitate with his creation so that there would be intimacy and understanding; so that there would be a relationship with a tangible God in the person of Jesus. John 14:6-9. Jesus had to make Philip understand that to know Jesus was to know God. John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God, but God, the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Jesus, God’s one and only Son, came so that God would be made known to us. The untouchable God made himself a touchable person. The one who controlled the universe became a helpless baby. The one who never knew death became vulnerable to death. God sacrificed so much to become one of us; such was his great love for us. In a sermon by Rich Anderson, Love Came Down at Christmas, he shared a story he had read by the famous Danish philosopher and Christian theologian Soren Kierkegaard. “A prince wanted to find a maiden suitable to be his queen. One day while running an errand in the local village for his father, he passed through a poor section. As he glanced out the windows of the carriage his eyes fell upon a beautiful peasant maiden. During the ensuing days he often passed by the young lady and soon fell in love. But he had a problem. How would he seek her hand? He could order her to marry him. But even a prince wants his bride to marry him freely; not through coercion. He could put on his most splendid uniform and drive up to her front door in a carriage drawn by six horses. But if he did this he would never be certain that the maiden loved him or was simply overwhelmed with his splendor. The prince came up with a solution. He would give up his kingly robe. He moved into the village; entering not with a crown but in the garb of a peasant. He lived among the people, shared their interests and concerns and talked their language. In time the maiden grew to love him, because of who he was and because he loved her first.” Anderson went on to say, “This story is what John is describing here-God came and lived among us. He chose to reveal Himself to us in an understandable way when Jesus became flesh just like you and me.” When Jesus came to earth and became like us in every way he made God relatable.