Isaiah prophesied about Jesus coming to the Earth many years before he was actually born.
God did not leave us alone. He created man in a beautiful situation, but man messed it up right away. Ever since there was a separation between man and God.
What we want to focus on this morning is that God did not abandon us, even though mankind fell, God reached out to us even after we had failed.
Why was Jesus incarnate? Why should he leave his throne in heaven and come to earth? Why should he take on the struggles and frustrations of being a man on earth.
God wanted to show the human race that he cared, that they could be saved. Immanuel – God with us.
How could God become man? How could he be 100% God and 100% man in the same body?
Matthew 1:18-23, John 1:9-18 – Immanuel means “with us is God.”
Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
- Jeremiah 31, 2 Corinthians 4, Colossians 1, Luke 8:22, John 11, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 19 – Jesus came to earth so that we might know God. In the new covenant we can know God in a much better way because Jesus came to show us God… that we might know God. Our joy is great that Jesus was born, but it is even greater that he went to the cross for us.
- Hebrews 2:10 – That God might know us. When Jesus was here he became an understanding high priest. We know that Jesus understands us and knows what we are going through because Jesus went through those things as well. He reached out to us as a faithful High Priest.
- Isaiah 53:1-12 – That we might be saved. This is our greatest need, so God sent a Savior. There can be no peace except through the atonement that is available to us through the cross. We are saved because we trust in Jesus and his atoning work for us.
We celebrate Christmas, a season of great joy. It is appropriate that we celebrate, but it is important that we celebrate with the knowledge that God has drawn near, that He was willing to come to earth, to show us who God is, to experience who we are, and ultimately so that we might be saved.