Merry Christmas! Why do you suppose that Jesus was sent into the world?
- To bring the gift of Christmas?
- To be cherished?
- To provide truths for successful living?
- To make us feel good?
- To teach us how to get along?
- To be loved?
The Bible tells us that Jesus was sent mostly to seek and save his people (Lk. 19:10, Jn. 3:17), to rule them (Daniel 7:14), and to be followed (Mark 8:34).
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel’” (Matthew 2:6).
Whoever serves me must follow me (Jesus); My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 12.26-27).
Is Jesus everything to you? He was sent from above (John 8:23) to be your shepherd, and to be mine. If Jesus is your shepherd he leads you, feeds you, carries you when you are wounded, heals you, saves you from harm, and has laid down his life for you. Jesus was sent to be everything to you because you are everything to him.
Jesus, given birth by Mary, wrapped in cloths and placed in a manger (Luke 2:7), was sent from above to seek after you, to save you, and to be followed by you. And, in a way, all these presents appeared at Christmas.
Now that’s something to celebrate!