Why Does Jesus Come?
When Jesus Christ was born, the world was groaning under the rule of military rule under the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. When Jesus was born, his parents had travelled to Bethlehem for another census for more taxation to support the armies and emperor who had seized control of their land. If the emperor had known that the King of kings had been born, he would have been every bit as concerned as King Herod was to quash this threat.
Yet this invasion wasn’t another tyrant coming with another army to replace the current oppressors. The mighty angels who announced Jesus’ Advent could have led the assault, but that invasion with power and glory is still coming.
The first time ‘round, Jesus was born in the humble little town of Bethlehem. His parents didn’t have their own home. The guest room was full. They had to make do. The safest bed for Jesus was a manger.
Why did he come?
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
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This good news that the angel brought is a major announcement. A great event of cosmic significance has occurred. The Saviour has been born!
This is the Saviour our world needs, the Saviour we need, the Saviour I need. For I don’t live up to God’s call to holiness, loving God and neighbour - do you? The result of our disobedience is broken relationships with God and neighbour, resulting in death: physical death and eternal damnation.
The result of our disobedience is broken relationships with God and neighbour, resulting in death: physical death and eternal damnation.
God lets us face the brokenness in his creation, knowing we’ll look for help. Then he came into his world, groaning under sin and bondage, in order to help and rescue and renew his chosen people and his creation.
How does that Christmas carol go?
No more let sin and sorrow grow,
nor thorns infest the ground
he comes to make his blessings flow,
far as the curse is found . . .
We’re dead in transgressions and sin. God’s world, his people are under the sentence of death because of sin. It’s easy to think that our misdeeds aren’t too bad. God should just overlook such stuff.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
That’s why the Messiah was born.
Except that’s not possible. It’s not in his character to ignore it when our thoughts, words, and deeds cause death to ourselves and others.
No more let sin