This time of year, people often say to remember the “real reason for the season”. It’s great to disengage from the pressing consumerism during the Holiday Season, but if Jesus is the reason for the season…why did He come, anyway?
The Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil.
The disciple closest to Jesus wrote these words, and he hit the nail on the head. Broken relationships, sad goodbyes, disease, broken dreams, war, and famine: there is a lot of hurt in the world. We’re kidding ourselves if we shrug off the reality of death and the pain that we often experience in life. God’s Word makes a direct correlation between sin and the heartache we see.
God is not distant or disengaged from our suffering. That baby born so long ago in a manger was named
Immanuel, ‘God with us’.
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace.
Why? Because God Himself showed up in our world. The one who made us lived among us. Termed the Incarnation, that baby in a manger was the Son of God.
The reason He came was to bring healing, peace, and joy: to reconcile us to God. In our own sinful state we could not possibly approach our Creator or enjoy friendship with the One who is perfected in holiness. So Jesus bridged that chasm.
When the Apostle John said the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil, he used a strong and violent word. The grip of darkness was powerful and pervasive. Only the Son of God could crush our adversary underfoot.
The Christmas and Easter story go together, you can’t have one without the other. Born sinless via a virgin, Christ made His lowly entrance with animals; He would later suffer and die for us on a cruel cross. Freeing sinners is messy. Roman crucifixion is no laughing matter. But He did it because He loves us:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
We celebrate Christmas to remember the wonder of God living among us and not leaving us without remedy or HOPE. We remember that the reason He came was to save us from our sin and misery, replacing condemnation with forgiveness and eternal life. He was born to die, and His victory was sure and it was complete when He was resurrected after His suffering on the cross:
He disarmed the [demonic] rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Christ.
Christ came because we stand in need of mercy and forgiveness.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For those who know Jesus as Savior and Lord, here is the hope that we hold so dear, which that little baby ultimately brought about:
And [God] said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.