So Why Did Jesus Come?
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Once again, we find ourselves in the season of festivities. All over the world, people are celebrating, from the just concluded Christmas till now; But why do we celebrate? What is the reason behind our celebration? Is the season, (Christmas and New Year) a cultural festival that occurs every year? Is it about visiting our friends and loved ones and having fun? Is it about eating to the point where we get pregnant with food? Is it about the new clothes and gifts we may get? No it isn’t. Though there is nothing wrong with engaging ourselves in these activities, they are not the substance of our celebration, nor do they give it meaning. The reason behind this season is simple. It is a period to celebrate our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The very first time the name Jesus is mentioned, it follows with information about who He is, where He comes from, and most importantly why He came. He came to save us from our sins. The very reason He is called Jesus is because He came to save. The name Jesus is the very name that saves (Acts 2:21 & 4:12).
The gospel of Jesus Christ talks about His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. However, before he could have died, been buried or ascended, He first had to be alive for only the living can die. And so He had to come; God gave His Son for our sins (John 3:16, Rom 8: 32, 1 John 4:9).
We all know that the bottom line of the Christmas season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a festival of honour. If then our hearts are truly set on honouring Him, then we must not forget the purpose for which He came. And what better way to honour Christ than by doing His work (Mark 16:15)?
So while you eat, drink and make merry with your friends and loved ones, meditate on the gospel – the purpose for which Christ came. Also, don’t forget to share the good news with all men. Let them know the reason Jesus Christ came. Let men know that He came to save.
Sing the hymn “There is a Green Hill Far Away” with friends and loved ones
Thank you Jesus for the joy you bring…teach us to always live full of this joy, amen
AUTHOR: NEFE JAMES