Our Heavenly Father Sent Jesus
This is the time of the year when people remember that God sent Jesus into the world. "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." (John 20:21) Why did God send Jesus into the world? It was love that motivated God to send Jesus. "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) We all want to be loved. Our desire is to have a companion to love us and to have a family to love us. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Motivated by love, God sent Jesus to earth to provide salvation through blood. "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3) Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost, to call not righteous but sinners to repentance. God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us and because He wants us to have a relationship with Him for all of eternity.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world as an atonement or propitiation for our sins. "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10) God sent Jesus for such a good and beneficial end for us. He sent Jesus that we might live through Him. "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." (1 John 4:9) Jesus was born as a precious baby into this world that we might live through Him. Through Jesus we can live in heaven and be with God forever.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to be the Savior of the world. In John 3:16-18 we read, "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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Jesus shall save His people from their sins. The great business for which Jesus came into the world was to save sinners. He came to make atonement for sin and to destroy sin. He delivers us from the power, guilt and pollution of sin.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to bless us by turning us from our iniquities. Luke wrote, "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:26) If a man be not turned away from his iniquities, even the death of Christ profits him nothing. The highest blessing that can be conferred on any man is to be turned from sin by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ blesses no one while they are still in sin. We do not receive His blessings while loving sin. We receive the blessings of Jesus by turning from our sin.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to redeem us from the curse of the law. In Galatians 4:4-5 we read, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." The time which God in His infinite wisdom knew to be best arrived and Christ came and delivered us from the curse of the law. Sinners had violated God's law. They deserved the dreaded penalty as a law breaker. Jesus Christ came to redeem us from the curse of being law breakers by His death as an atoning sacrifice.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to make possible a new power in the hearts of men. Jesus Christ makes men righteous. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:3-4) Christ came as a light into the world. He changes hearts. Christ came to perfect, to serve, to enlighten.
Our Heavenly Father sent Jesus into the world to: (1) Save sinners, (1 Timothy 1:15), (2) Call sinners to repentance, (Mark 2:17) (3) Seek and save the lost, (Luke 19:10), (4) Give Himself as a ransom for all, (Matthew 20:28), (5) To be a Light in the world, (John 12:46), and (6) As a demonstration of God's love. (1 John 4:10)
If a person is wrong about Jesus Christ, he is wrong about salvation. Do you have a living faith that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? If so it is time to become a Christian now! To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus (John 8:24), repent of sins (Acts 17:30), confess Christ as Lord (Acts 8:37), and be baptized to be saved. (1 Peter 3:21) After baptism follow Jesus in faithfulness as He leads you home to heaven. (Revelation 2:10)
By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA