Around Christmas, people actually talk about Jesus. Much more than they normally do. Kept within limits, it becomes almost politically correct, as long as the reference is offered in the holiday context of celebrating the birth of the baby Jesus.
For example, people talk about when Jesus was born. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about. Oddly, he was almost certainly not born on December 25, and scholars aren’t even sure of the exact year.
Christmas stories exalt where Jesus was born. It was in Bethlehem, but we are not sure it was in a stable. The manger he was laid in could have been in a cave or a house.
Those when and where aspects of the birth of Jesus are interesting. But, they are not the most important question, the one many people don’t take enough time to examine.
Why was Jesus born?
The Critical Question
One of the most important questions in life, whether we ask or ignore it, is: Why was Jesus born?
- He was born to fulfill Biblical prophecy. The coming of the Messiah was foretold throughout the Old Testament leading up to Jesus Christ. In fact, God promised the Savior would come.
- He was born for God to reveal Himself to us. There are many miracles about God, but one of the most wonderful is that he loves us enough to share his very nature with us.
- He was born for God to come to earth. Though beyond the pale of modern political correctness, it is the truth, historically as well as theologically, that Jesus was—and is—God.
- He was born to die. Jesus died to take away the eternal impact of our sins. For that to happen, he had to become the perfect sacrifice. He was born, and he died, both God and man.
With a God who is all-powerful and supernatural, mystery should be expected, and there will always be things we cannot understand. But what a gift God gave to mankind to allow himself to be known so intimately! And to offer us an eternity of companionship with him.
Why was Jesus born? He was born so we could live in connection with God. For eternity.
Why Was Jesus Born?
When I was a child, I casually believed stories about Jesus that were told to me. But, as a young adult, there was a long time when I didn’t think about God much at all.
Later, I went through a period of questioning and learning. Eventually, I reached the point where, intellectually, I knew everything about Jesus had to be true. But, parts of me still resisted. Finally, there came a time when I understood, for sure, why Jesus was born.
He was born for me. And I know that to be true with all my heart, and with all my mind.
This question of why Jesus was born takes us on quite a journey, and there is one last step. It is not to debate alternating belief systems, or to seek morals hiding inside of nice Christmas stories.
Why was Jesus born? He was born for you.
Question: What is your answer to, “Why was Jesus born?”
Action: Take time this Christmas to truly enjoy the season.