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HE CAME... TO LOVE, HEAL & FORGIVE

"...God sent His Son
They called Him Jesus
HE CAME to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior Lives..."

                        By Bill Gaither, Guy Penrod

 

Christmas.  We celebrate an amazing event, the birth of a baby boy in Bethlehem. Not just any baby boy, but over 2000 years ago the entrance of Jesus. The Son of God! The promised Messiah! Born to a young virgin, Mary.

Our celebration typically involves depictions of His birth place, a manger. We enjoy the likeness of shepherds, angels, magi and the ever present sheep and donkeys. Our contemporary observance of Christmas includes lights, trees, garland, carols and concerts… and we can’t ignore the candy, cookies and out of control shopping which are all a given at this time of the year.

            The baby boy grew..

                        Physically,

                                    Intellectually,

                                                Socially,

                                                            Emotionally              (Luke 2:52)

            He lived a perfect life…

                        Tempted in every way

                                    Never told a lie

                                                Never cheated on an exam

                                                            Never disobeyed His parents

                                                                        Never gossiped about a “friend”

                                                                                    Never stole a candy bar (Heb 4:15)

 

Then, He died. An ugly death. On a cross. A spear in His side. A crown of thorns on His head. Nails puncturing His hands and feet. Even though He did nothing wrong!

Why?

He CAME to die. He CAME to give His life as a payment for our sin.
(Romans 5:8; John 3:16; I Peter 3:18)

My sin and your sin separate us from a Holy God. But God loved you and me so much, He allowed the death of His Son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin… everlasting separation from God.

By inviting Jesus into our lives as Savior and Lord, we can experience…

                        Forgiveness of our sin

                                    Freedom from guilt

                                                An abundantly free life

                                                            The guarantee of heaven and eternal life.

                                                                        (John 1:12; I John 5:11,12)

 

“He CAME to love, heal and forgive”

He was born to die!

That’s why we celebrate Christmas. Enjoy tomorrow… in fact enjoy every day as you contemplate the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. HE CAME and HE’S COMING AGAIN!!

HE CAME...TO GIVE LIFE

“Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners” The Message Paraphrase, I Timothy 1:15

A rather crude way of communicating the truth of I Tim. 1:15 is to say, “HE CAME to give LIFE to dead people!"

The unpopular reality is that every human ever born is spiritually dead. Separated from God. We have:

  • No capability to rely on God
  • No way to draw on the power of God (John 15:5)
  • No ability to communicate intimately with God (I Pet. 3:12)
  • No capacity to please God (Romans 8:7,8)
  • No means to even understand the things of God (I Cor. 2:14)
  • No possibility of spending eternity with God (Rom 6:23)

Not a pretty picture!

But Jesus came to change all of that. He came to make a way for every spiritually dead person (that would be all of us) to be made alive.

It won’t happen any other way. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6)

Through out time, people have attempted to acquire “spiritual life”

  • By living a “good life”
  • By religious acts (confirmation, baptism, etc
  • By acts of kindness toward others
  • By church attendance
  • By keeping dozens of man made rules

But none of these work!

Spiritual life doesn’t come by us attempting to reach God… it comes by God reaching down to us which is precisely what He did when Jesus came to earth. After living His life perfectly, He went to the cross where He died. By dying, Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and by inviting Him into our lives as Savior, “even while we were dead God MADE US ALIVE with Christ and forgave all our sins (Col 2:13)

Spiritual LIFE… which includes ETERNAL LIFE… is a gift to any of us “dead humans” who receive Christ. (John 1:12) and when we receive Christ…

  • We are invited to rely on God (Psa. 37:5)
  • We are able to experience God’s power (Eph 1:19)
  • We communicate intimately with God (Jn 10:27, 28)
  • We can even please God (Heb. 13:15, 16, 21)
  • We are capable of understanding the things of God (II Cor. 2:12)
  • We will spend eternity (life forever) with God (Jn 5:11,12)

“By believing you have LIFE in His name” John 20:31

HE CAME to give us LIFE!

Do you have it?

Christmas Reflections: He Came

For the next four weeks, the church around the world celebrates “advent” which is defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.  It’s taken from the latin word “adventus” which means “coming.” Safe to say, that the “coming” of Jesus to earth was the arrival of a notable person! Certainly worth our attention.

To examine how Jesus came (a baby boy born of a virgin), when Jesus came (December 25th?), and the where Jesus came (Bethlehem) are all fascinating studies, but for the next four weeks our Wellspring devotional will address the question “WHY?” WHY did Jesus come to earth?

  • In His 30 plus years of life on this planet, Jesus did amazing things!

  • He gave life to people who had died

  • He brought sight to those who were blind

  • He restored those who were sick to good health

  • He granted forgiveness to the guilty He fed thousands with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread

  • He calmed a raging sea with words Walked on water

  • Cast out demons  and so much more.

But that’s just some of what He did!

As incredible as these actions were and as impressed as some might have been… these were only a means to a much greater end.

WHY did He do these things? That’s the penetrating question. One of the answers is John 10:10. From the lips of Jesus Himself, “I am come that they may have life in abundance.”Jesus isn’t talking about financial wealth, freedom from health issues, perfection in human relationships… He is talking about HIMSELF! He came to give HIMSELF, because HE IS LIFE! Through HIM we have a relationship with the God of the universe… In HIM we have intimacy with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords… in Jesus Christ we have a reason to live and a purpose to life… In HIM there is abundance, superior quality, advantage and “over and above” to life.

In this week of advent…

  • Allow HIM to be the center of attention every day

  • Consult HIM in every decision you make

  • Acknowledge HIM in every activity you enjoy

  • Welcome HIM to all family events

  • Invite HIM into every conversation

  • Include HIM in every meeting you attend

  • Listen to HIM throughout your day

  • Contemplate Him in moments of despair

  • Rest in HIM

“For it is by HIM that we have life and we move and exist…” (Acts 17:28)

That’s WHY He came!

~Jim Carlson