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Why did Jesus come to earth?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV)

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There are many pieces to the puzzle of why Jesus came to earth. John 3:16 captures the critical parts of this vital question. It begins with the love of the Father responding to a crisis. The first and most imminent reason why Jesus came to earth was to save us from perishing in the lake of fire. 

Our greatest human need was the forgiveness of our sins and the restoration of our relationship to the Father. We have many problems on earth that resulted from the Fall. Jesus did not come because He wanted humans to prosper financially. Yes, our material prosperity on the earth was affected by the Fall, but we had more significant problems. Furthermore, Jesus’s death brought healing for our bodies and minds, but healing was not our greatest need. 

Humanity needed a major deliverance, not from demons, poverty or sickness but from the wrath of God against our sins. Hell was an open grave ready to receive us at death, and we were joyfully dancing ourselves into it. God sent His Son on earth to seek and to save that which is lost. In the mysteries of His wisdom, our Fall rather created the opportunity for Him to do what He had always intended to do even before the Fall: to give man eternal life. Jesus came that we should have eternal life and enjoy it until it overflows!

MEDITATE

Why did Jesus have to come to earth as a human being? Why could He not take care of the sins of the world as God?

APPLY THE WORD

Christmas is indeed about the birth of the Savior. However, many of us forgot to recognize that Christmas was not just about Jesus. It was about you, me, and the lost world that the Father loved. Remember why He came and make it count.

PRAY

Bless the Father for sending His Son to earth. 

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