Reasons the Son of God Came

I’m so thrilled to introduce you today to my dad, Bill McIntyre, who will be sharing some of this Advent journey with us.

Over the next seven days, he will be looking at why Jesus came.  Keep yourself posted!

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An Introduction:

 

You know there is a crucial question we all face every Christmas – The Reality of God.

An interesting question that many Christians ask is “How do people live who have no hope – no hope based on God?”

There have been and varied attempts to show that questions like these have no basis in the reality of God outside of us, but are the basis of the creation of the idea of God inside of us.

People like the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach said in 1841 that God is not a reality outside of us that we can trust and obey; instead he is a projection of our own needs onto reality. Or to put it another way God has not created us; we have created God. He argues that it’s precisely because we feel that death, for example, would be unbearable without hope in an afterlife that we are forced to create a God to believe in.

That is the question every one of us faces every Christmas.

Is this story of the Son of God who came in human form, who was born of a virgin, who lived a life of sinless, perfect love and died for sinners that they may have eternal life a creation of human imagination because we need it to be true?

Or is it true, and therefore we need to believe it?

The answer to that question is more important than anything you will think about this Christmas—or for that matter, all the rest of your life.

Does our sense of need—for God and forgiveness and help and hope—cause us to create God?

Or do we have all those needs because we were in fact created by God and have rebelled against him?

Over the next few days I will go through how Scripture itself is the full authentication of the reality of God and his son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Bible itself contains the perfect testimonies about why the Son of God came into the world.

The Bible itself authenticates the deity of Christ and His relationship to his Father.

Look carefully at this book because it is the inspired and inerrant word of God and is therefore very, very powerful to vindicate its own truthfulness.

As the writer to the Hebrews puts it in Hebrews 4:12:

 

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And when people give it a chance, the result is often that any refusal to believe what it says becomes a moral impossibility and this is for the following reasons.

The personal testimonies contained will penetrate into our hearts and the writers of these testimonies are diverse from the highly educated to the simple fisherman.

There are many insights that are significant in their simplicity yet amazing in their complexity. The word of God brings to us a view of divine things that are too wonderful to comprehend and it mixes this divine vision with an authority that is compelling in its authorship.

Through all of this runs a love that is sadly so rare in today’s world and a love that is brought to us by a radical Saviour who never ceases to surprise and astound.

All of this creates an impossibility that this is a mere creation of sinful men as many would have us believe.

What I will do is look at six reasons why the Son of God came into this world which will confound people who try to explain the Bible in human terms when it can only be explained in divine terms.

What I don’t want to do is to put forward what I think but I want to let six of the witnesses speak and testify to why the Son of God came into the world.

The witnesses are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, and the writer to the Hebrews.

Over the coming days we will look at six key reasons the Son of God came into the world:

  1. to ransom many
  2. to call sinners
  3. to give sight to the morally blind
  4. to divide households
  5. to save from divine condemnation
  6. to give eternal life.

So what do you think?

When we look at Jesus this Christmas who do we see?  Do we see a  nice story about a baby in a stable that has no real relevance to our lives or do we see the birth of the Saviour of mankind who would eventually die on that cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have eternal life?

 

 

Comments

  1. God is SO vast and SO awesome – looking forward to this study! 🙂

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  2. Amen. May we experience his love and peace this season into the next always remembering the love he evidenced for us both in birth and death. 🙂

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  3. God sent Jesus to die for the sins of mankind and to redeem those who would believe in accordance with His unfolding story. Jesus is the answer for the world today! Above Him there’s no other. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! Nobody comes to God but by Him.

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  4. I love that verse–Hebrews 4:12, it is one of my favorites. Such a great post reminding us of why Jesus was born in the first place. Thank you.

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  5. Who do I see? Deep question my Friend.
    We celebrate a season of Advent around our home–a season of looking forward. Beginning in Isaiah, “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.” (11:1) and running through His repeated appearance in the Old Testament, and then His appearance. This season is joyful and sorrowful for us. The sorrow that my God would choose to take on a body and leave the comfort of heaven to tabernacle among us (and now we are at joy!) We continue to look forward.
    Come Lord Jesus.

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  6. I was just talking with my 5 year old about why Jesus came in a manger when he could have chosen to be royalty. I think he wanted the world to know the way he moved people had to be the work of God, not human influence. Very humbling to imagine my God in a stable for me, to live a life I can set mine to follow.

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  7. When we really understand who Jesus was, it’s impossible to celebrate Christmas without thinking about Easter!

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  8. Sounds like a great way of looking at why Jesus came – We had a similar sermon series recently – we looked at different people in the Bible how Jesus became real to them. It was good.

    Marissa

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  9. Anna - Southern Breeze Collections says:

    This sounds like it will be a great study. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. It’s so amazingly true that we have hope because of Jesus! I look forward to reading this study!!!

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  11. Love this! I look forward to following along!

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