During the Christmas season; churches plan strategic messages pointing to Christ’s past coming to help us focus on what this is all about. The Christmas story is told (Luke 2) and nativity scenes are placed to remind how Immanuel (God with us) came to earth as a baby though he was God. Advent wreaths are put out to remind of Christ’s first coming through a virgin birth to be the suffering servant (Is 7 & 53) and to remind of His Second coming as Conquering King and Judge (Rev 19:11-16). These are great reminders to hear each year; specially to know the “why” God came.
Of course, we know that God loves and demonstrated His love by sending His only son (Romans 5:6-13; John 3:16), but why did God send His son?
Yes, God loves us and that is a “why”, but the Book of Romans clearly spells out the desperate state that man-kind is in and this is why Jesus came.
Throughout the Book; God is shown as being impartial to each person. Each person is treated the same: All are without excuse because they know there is a God (Rom 1), All are unrighteous, because all have fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3), and All need a savior because we are spiritually dead (Rom 6) Since God knew that man-kind needed a savior and were unable to save themselves because they are spiritually dead; God sent His son Jesus to die for man-kinds sins even while they were yet opposing God (5:8). All one has to do is believe or have faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:22-23
To know the why might seem negative since we do not and cannot meet God’s holy standards, but actually it points to the positive that man-kind needs a savior and there is a Savior reaching out to save each individual and that Savior is Jesus Christ.
Be sure to not forget the real reason for the season. Christ came to save us because we are unable to save ourselves. What an awesome Savior we have.
And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:7-11