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Devotional - week of December 30, 2001


THE REST OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Why was Jesus born? Almost any devoted believer would say, “Jesus came to die for our sins.” All evangelicals joyfully agree.

But there were other reasons for His coming. In John 18:37, Jesus said:

“For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.”

Our Lord’s words, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” express one of the most important truths Jesus came to reveal. See another passage conveying the same thought:

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.  John 1:18

Jesus also came to be an example of what man should be like. Read the revealing words of 1 Peter 2:20b-21:

… Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously …

Jesus came to defeat Satan and deliver man from the fear of death.

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  Hebrews 2:14-15

By coming to earth as the “Last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45), Jesus began a new race of people in whom and through whom He would live again on this earth.