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Summary: At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ, but why did he come?

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WHY DID JESUS COME?

Romans 5:12-17; 6:6-22

It is the Christmas season again, and again we tend to forget what it is all about. We get so caught up in the decorations, buying and receiving gifts, and parties that the real reason for the holiday is forgotten. Many people at least in America can tell you what Christmas is about -celebrating the birth of Jesus. But if you asked them why he came they will probably not be able to give you the real answer. The Word of God says, “Call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins” Matthew . It is in Romans 5 and 6 that this reason is expanded, so we can better understand it.

There is a small tree which grows in Southeast Asia known as the Judas-tree. From its branches grow gorgeous blossoms. These blossoms look like scarlet sunbeams. The brilliant beauty of the crimson flowers attracts thousands of tiny insects. Wild bees also try to draw honey from their exquisitely shaped cups. But every insect that comes to rest on the edge of its blossom is overcome. It is overcome by a fatal drug which the flower-juice contains. And the insect drops dead upon the ground below. So, when you walk around a Judas-tree, you often see the soft grass littered with dead and dying insects. The Judas-tree reminds us of sin. Sin may look bright, pleasant, and attractive to our eyes. It may appear harmless to indulge in it. But lurking behind the pleasure of sin is a fatal poison. And sin is a poison—a wickedness that acts as a drug to take away your motivation to live for God.

Synopses-Jesus came to free us from the power of sin.

I Mankind was under the Power of Sin 5:12 , 5:6,

a. All have sinned 5:12

b. We were utterly helpless 5:6

Ephesians 2 Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. 2 You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else. Ephesians 2

Galatians 3:22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin, so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ.

EVEL Knievel

On April 1, 2007, Knievel announced to a worldwide audience that he ’believed in Jesus Christ’ for the first time. He professed his personal faith in Christ to more than 4,000 people who gathered inside the Crystal Cathedral for Palm Sunday services in Orange County, California, and to millions via an "Hour of Power" telecast of the service to over 100 countries.

Knievel told how he had refused for 68 years to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior because he didn’t want to surrender his lifestyle of ’the gold and the gambling and the booze and the women.’ He explained his conversion experience by saying, ’All of a sudden, I just believed in Jesus Christ. I did, I believed in him!’ Knievel said he knew people were praying for him, including his daughter’s church, his ex-wife’s church, and the hundreds of people who wrote letters urging him to believe.


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