Why was Jesus Born?

Monday, December 07, 2015

I’m confident that I speak for all the staff when I pray that during this Christmas season, God would enable you to treasure his incarnate and risen Son above all else. Here are twelve short reasons for why Christ came, may they help you to treasure him this Christmas:

1. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. (John 18:37)

2. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8)

3. It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. (Mark 2:17)

4. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. (Luke 19:10)

5. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

6. God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. (Galatians 4:5)

7. 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)

8. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

9. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15)

10. This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. (Luke 2:34f)

11. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed (Luke 4:18)

12. Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy (Romans 15:8-9)

Much was achieved from one birth! Have you ever asked yourself what would be different if Jesus had never been born? If Jesus had not come and not achieved for us what he did.

If Jesus had not been born:

  • This would not be the year of our Lord 2015;
  • We would never hear a single Christmas carol or Handel’s Messiah;
  • No city would be named St. Paul or St. Petersburg or Corpus Christi;
  • We would have never heard of William Tyndale, John Wycliffe, John Knox, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, John Hus, John Newton, Billy Graham, Elizabeth Elliot, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, Tim Keller, John Stott, JI Packer, John Piper, or… (make your own list);
  • There would be no organisations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators, Campus Crusade for Christ, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Navigators, Moore College, The Red Cross, Anglicare, The Salvation Army, A21, CMS, OMF, Youthsurge and countless others;
  • We would have no such books as Tale of Two Cities, Dickens’s Christmas Carol, or even The Grinch Who Stole Christmas;
  • We would have no movies such as Ben Hur, The Cross and the Switchblade, Chariots of Fire, Narnia, and scores of others;
  • We would never ever had heard such songs as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “We Treasure You,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Joy to the World”;
  • Idioms would never have been brought into our language such as the Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, lost sheep, or any of Jesus’ other parables;
  • We would not have teachings that have entered our every day speech such as ‘turn the other cheek’, ‘go the extra mile’, ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, ‘God is love’, and ‘love your enemies’;
  • It could be easily argued that the Australian constitution would not be what it is;
  • There would be no St Paul’s Chatswood, or Sydney Diocese;
  • The Wuaorani Indians of Ecuador would still kill white men instead of baptising their children;
  • The Arawakan Indians of the Caribbean would still be cannibals;
  • Descendants of the Mayans in Chiapas, Mexico, would still sacrifice their children instead of teaching them to praise the true Creator;
  • The New Testament would never have been written; 
  • Prophecies would remain unfulfilled, Satan would not be crushed, we would not be delivered, God would be a liar, and death would not be conquered;
  • There would be no mediator between God and man, for the man Christ Jesus would not have been born;
  • We would remain dead in our trespasses and sins!

How wonderful that Christ was born! May the realisation of the sweeping impact of his birth, life, death, and resurrection bring you a very Merry Christmas.

From this God of salvation take joy this Christmas,

Steve Jeffrey

Senior Minister