We are now within the final week of Advent, anticipating the celebration of the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ; the incarnation of the Son of God. If your household is anything like mine, then you have been busily preparing for this. It started with decorating your home for the season, then making cookies as well as other food preparations, buying/ordering gifts, then wrapping them, going over your address list for Christmas cards, writing the letter, making enough copies of both the family picture and letter to send out to everyone on your mailing list, getting the children ready for Christmas programs and concerts, packing and preparing to travel to a host of family gatherings, running to the store to pick up those last minute items, etc. etc. . . . . With so many distractions, it really is quite easy to forget to really consider the reason for why we are celebrating isn't it?
Why did the Son of God come into the world? Why did He lower Himself to such a low and humble state? God's Word reveals to us the purposes which point to the reason why we celebrate and worship God for sending His Son. I thought it'd be a helpful exercise to review many of the many passages which directly reveal the purposes for Christ's first advent. As you gather for worship this Sunday and on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, meditate on one or more of these verses to prepare your hearts to worship in spirit and truth.
Matthew 1:21 (all verses from the ESV)
"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
"And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me."
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
"I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day."
"For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world - to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."
1 Timothy 1:15
"The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost."
1 John 3:8
"Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil."