The Cause of Christ’s Coming
Why Christ Said He Came to our World
Hope In Christ Bible Church 12/27/2015
This morning in our time together around God’s truth we are in for a special time of worship and encouragement of heart.
That’s because we are going to dig into 6 specific reasons for Christ’s coming into our world.
They are not what other people thought but what Christ Himself said about His reason for being born.
We will look at Christ’s own explanation as to why He moved His address from heaven’s glory to earth’s gloom and sin.
And as we lock into Christ’s purpose for being born we will live with greater joy and wonder in Gods perfect plan.
First, Christ said He was born
1. To tell us God’s truth!
On the day our Lord stood trial before Pilate, He declared His purpose for entering this world.
John 18:37 Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth…”
Clearly, Christ here summarized not just His three years of ministry but the reason for His incarnation- to be a witness to the truth.
Yet in response to our Savior’s words, Pilate scoffed, “What is truth?’
The truth Christ was talking about is not some moral code, it’s not a philosophy. And it’s not some religious system of dos and don’ts.
The truth Christ brought to our world was God’s truth incarnated in Himself. For Christ is the truth.
Jesus Christ personified of truth for the world to see in human form
He is the perfect aletheia truth of God. That means Christ is genuine, He is certain, He is completely trustworthy, He is the perfect representation of God.
John, the disciple closest to Christ, explained that the truth in Christ set Him apart from every man. It proves that He came from God.
John 1:14 And the Word (that’s Jesus) became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
And then in verse 17: “Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”
When people saw Christ, they saw with their own eyes the truth of God.
That was the unmistakable proclamation Christ made to His disciples in John 14:6 when He declared, “I am the truth.”
As the epitome of truth, Christ was uniquely qualified to expose us to the reality of our crisis.
He came to show us and all mankind how we have been terribly deceived. We been lied to. Lied to by Satan the Father of lies, lied to by others, and lied to by ourselves.
It is a condition of groping in horrific spiritual darkness, and yet not realizing it.
And that is why Christ came as the true light- to open our eyes to our perilous plight in moral darkness.
He was the penetrating light John 1:9 tells us which, “coming into the world, enlightens every man.”
Christ Himself makes this patently clear to us in John 12:46, “I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me might not remain in darkness.”
Don’t miss it. Christ is saying, “That’s why I was born.” That’s why I left heaven and become clothed in human flesh: to shine the floodlight of God’s truth on the darkness of your soul.”
Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, knew how Christ would accomplish this.
In Luke 1:78 he declares that the “Sunrise from on High shall visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.”
Sunrises are spectacular. They cause us to gasp in amazement.
Because when their beams of light scream across the horizon at 186,000 miles per second, what happens? In the blink of an eye, those rays illuminate all that was in darkness.
Friends, Christ is the living Sunrise that turned the divine light on in our dark world.
With His perfect life He exposes our lostness in the shadow of sin and death.
He shows us how far we are from God.
That’s why Christ said He had to be born into our world. He came to tell us the truth about our sin. He also was born-
2. To be the Ultimate Servant
As our Savior one day walked toward Jerusalem with His disciples, He told them of His coming sufferings.
Mark 10:45 records how Jesus summarizes His entire mission with these words: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”
If anyone born into this world ever had a right to be served, it was Jesus Christ.
For He created everything. That makes Him the rightful ruler and owner of it all.
And Christ is and always was fully divine. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (Col. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form (Col.:9).
– Therefore, our Lord could have justly demanded that all others wait on Him and serve Him.
– He could have required His followers to carry Him around on an elevated platfrom fit for a king.
– He could have commanded that all the Jews build Him a great palace in His honor.
But He didn’t. Because He was born to serve.
What do we see Christ doing throughout the gospels?
He heals the sick, gives sight to the bind, raises the dead, feeds the hungry, frees the demon possessed. He even stoops to wash the filthy feet of His proud disciples.
Yet the selfless service Christ showed surpassed meeting physical needs.
For the greatest way in which He served was in our redemption.
Mark 10:45 continues and tells us that Jesus came to “give Himself as a ransom for many.“
What’s a ransom? It’s the demanded price that must be paid to free a slave or prisoner.
To become a ransom for us, Christ had to pay God the price required to liberate us from sin’s enslavement.
And that was the price of His life given as a substitute in our place.
That was Christ‘s ultimate act of service when He layed down His life for your sin on the cross..
It was the most costly, most painful, most shameful death imaginable our Lord suffered. Yet it wasn’t just becaue He was crucified.
The greatest sacrifice imaginable was in Christ being forsaken by His Father as our sin bearer.
God informed the world through the prophet Isaiah: (53:11) “The Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.”
When Christ God’s Servant justifies the sinner, what happens?
It is the divine exchange described in II Cor. 5:21-
“He (God) made Christ who never knew sin to become sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. “
God through Christ’s cross work removes all the blame and shame from sin in our souls.
He puts all that on Christ. And in exchange He credits us with Christ’s perfect righteousness.
How can we as sinners gain the righteousness of God? Answer? In Him.
We become “the righteousness of God” in Christ.
That means in Christ ALONE.
Now that wipes out all self trust. That levels all pride before God. That removes confidence in anything that we might boast of.
Christian, that means that Christ as the servant of God did it all for you.
– If you are “in Him” your sin is banished as far as the east is from the west.
– In Christ alone, the Servant of servants, you are justified, forgiven, and free.
Because Christ came to serve, we are also humbled by His great example.
Would you look with me at Philippians 2:6-8?
Let’s take in more fully the infinite condescension of Christ as a servant. In reference to Him we read… “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to
be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.”
These words trace the path Christ took from highest glory in heaven to deepest humiliation on earth.
For Christ the Creator took upon Himself a body.
A body just like yours and mine that God prepared for Him.
The infinite became finite. And He became flesh without forfeiting His absolute equality with God. None of Christ’s divine attributes were diminished. For they are as inseparable from His person as heat is from fire.
Puritan John Owen said it well, “He who is God, can no more be not God than he who is not God can be God.”
This is what makes Christ’s condescension so stunning.
As a man He was made lower than the angels.
As a servant he was made lower than the ordinary man.
And on the cross He died the death reserved for the worst criminals. This is condescension in the EXTREME.
Now most of us assent to this intellectually about Christ. Yet we are called to embrace this in our daily leaving.
What difference should Christ as the ultimate servant make to us?
This calls for a profound response. Verse 5 implores us to “Let this attitude be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” That’s the attitude of a servant!
This is the ultimate attitude check.
How can we die to pride, selfishness, impatience and insisting that things be done our way?
Where does the strength come from to overcome arguments, unkindness, outbursts of anger, and treating others with insensitivity?
By looking at Christ the Servant!
For Christ Himself is the standard of walking in humility before God and others.
That is why He came: to serve. And that is what He calls us to: to serve.
Through His own life and death, Jesus compels you and me to follow His selfless, sacrificial and self-effacing love.
He calls us to open our eyes and ears and hearts to the interests of others around us.
He calls us to pick up the servant’s basin and towel as He did.
For Christ tells us to think and treat others not just as important as ourselves but how? Yes, as more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:13).
When those around you don’t deserve to be treated with patience, forgiveness, and graciousness-
Remember, those are God-given opportunities to show the humble heart of Christ as He did to You in Your sins.
Let Christ as the Servant of servants motivate you to serve others from the heart.
Christ was born to tell us the truth, to be the ultimate servant,
3. To be a dividing line
Now this is one that is often left out regarding why Christ came to earth.
Yet we desire to be faithful to all that our Lord has said. For even the sober parts of Scripture that are difficult to hear are intended for our good and God’s honor.
In Matthew 10:34 Christ alerts His disciples to the opposition His coming into this world would cause.
He tells them, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.”
Now the point of Christ’s words is NOT that He loves division and strife in relationships. He doesn’t. For He is the Prince of Peace.
Yet it does show that allegiance to Christ and following Him will often bring division.
Conversion to Christ may lead to strained family relationships with those who are not yet saved.
Why? It’s because when a person becomes a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, something radical happens to him or her. There’s a radical transformation.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
That friendship with Jesus becomes more precious than any other relationship.
That’s why our Lord continues to say in Matthew 10:37. “He who loves father or mother more than
Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.”
Why not? Because Christ came to give us the most fulfilling relationship in Himself.
You see, true love for Christ surpasses all other earthly attachments and affections.
For Christ in Himself gives us the greatest joy, and peace, and hope, and friendship imaginable.
Now we thank God that though some family members may seem spiritually cold and resistant, God loves to bring even the most hard-hearted to repentance.
Never lose heart, never lose faith in the power of the gospel or compelling love of God.
For II Peter 3:9 reminds us that the Lord is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
So wonderfully, that introduces the third reason why our Lord said He entered this planet.
4. Christ came to call sinners to repentance Some years ago, Moody Magazine reported that 49% of professing Christians agree that “all good people, whether they consider Jesus Christ to be Savior or not, will live in heaven after they die.”
In other words, it’s the idea that there’s no big deal to worry about since God sees us as basically good.
That friends shows the fundamental error of mankind. Our self perception is grossly distorted. We are self-righteous and think we are good compared to terrorists, murderers, and thieves.
People don’t naturally view themselves as vile sinners that are unworthy of heaven.
Yet whom did our Lord Himself assert He came for? Sinners!
Luke 5:31–32 ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’
There’s a powerful metaphor Christ alludes to.
A person who doesn’t think he is sick feels no need to get help from a doctor.
So too, smug self-righteous people don’t perceive their spiritual crisis.
They don’t grasp their dire need for a Savior.
That’s why Christ specifies for whom He came into the world to save. He came to save sinners.
– Sinners who are crushed under the weight of their rebellion against God.
– Sinners who understand their spiritual bankruptcy before an all holy God.
That’s the way the apostle Paul viewed himself. He exclaims in I Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
Make no mistake about it. Each of us from the get go stand condemned before God in our sins.
The question is not whether we are guilty but what we will do about that guilt.
Will we own up to it or not? And will we run to God’s only remedy?
And so we ask, “what then is the response that Christ calls sinner to make?
It is bound up in one biblical word: repentance.
Christ came to call us as sinners to repentance.
Repentance is God’s call through Christ to all those who have ears to hear.
Acts 17:30 implores the listener, that “God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent.”
But how does a person repent? By recognizing one’s offense of sin against a holy God whose eyes are too are too pure to even look upon iniquity.
It is seeing oneself as God does: lost and doomed in sin.
– To repent requires a complete change of mind.
It is making a full about face turn around from all sin and self-effort that alienates you from God.
It’s what the Thessalonian believers did in turning “from idols to serve a living and true God.” I Thes. 1:9
It is the tax gatherer who was kept beating his chest saying, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner” (Luke 18:13).
That’s repentance. That’s the repentance that precedes salvation.
Repentance results in the fifth reason Christ tells us He came to earth.
5. To give us eternal life
God in Christ not only saves us from separation from God in the terrors of hell. He also gives us the joys of heaven. He gives us life eternal.
I want you to see how Christ came to the earth for that. He says it Himself in John 6:38-40
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. 40“For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and
believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
Christ unmistakably tells us here why he left heaven to be born in history. It was to accomplish His Father’s perfect will.
What is that? What is God’s will. It includes 2 things.
Christ’s part is to hold securely to all those whom God gives to Him. That’s the point of Him saying, “all that He has given Me I lose nothing.”
Jesus will never let His own go. He will bring them all the way to the day of total glorification.
Yes, Christ is the only one who makes us as God’s children able to “stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy!” (Jude 24)
And what does Christ say our part is, what is required of us to have eternal life?
To “behold the Son and believe in Him.” In other words, seeing Christ for who He claims to be- the perfect God-Man who alone can give us life in Himself!
That is what God calls us to- to trust in Jesus Christ.
Christ’s part is to save; our part it to believe.
When someone asked Charles Spurgeon how he reconciled these two (Christ keeping us and our believing), he answered, “I never try to reconcile friends.”
He was spot on. God gives eternal life through Christ death in our place. Our part is to simply respond in faith. We cast our souls upon Him and He will never let us go!
Now that offer of eternal life extends to all.
That includes all those whom you have known for years and thought, “they are the least likely to ever be saved. It would take a miracle to save them.
Don’t forget Christian. It was the same for you. It took a miracle of God’s grace for you to be saved! And God’s arm is not to short that He cannot save all those from whom we pray and whom we point to Christ.
So be encouraged by the heart of God to save all who look to Him in abandoned faith.
I Tim. 2:4 affirms that God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
If you have thrown yourself in faith on God’s mercy, you have come to that truth. You have eternal life right now.
You are safe and secure in Christ for eternity.
So count on it. Thank God for that.
Yet to all those who never trusted in Christ, God calls you to come.
Come to the cross, and bend your knee to the Christ who was born to give you life.
Believe on Him in repentant faith and He will give you life eternal.
Christ was not only born to bring eternal life. He was born to give abundant life.
6. To give us abundant life
Our Lord in John 10:10 explains that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
What does Christ promise here to give? Why does He say that He came?
To give life. Not just any kind of life. But abundant life! Now what does that include?
Some would suggest it means material prosperity.
Things like a good job, financial stability and a secure retirement.
Others insist that it must include physical health- not having to live with pain and disease and sickness.
Some believe abundant living means fulfilling friendships, safety from harm, and physical strength for each day.
Yet the abundant life that Christ speaks of is far more than all of these combined.
And here it is. The abundant life Christ’s promises to fill us with is the greatest treasure.
It is what most deeply satisfies. And that is Jesus Christ Himself.
Christ was born to give us the greatest joy of His presence forever.
For He is the Source and Substance of abundant life.
You see, Christ and not His gifts is the supreme treasure.
Therefore for us believers, a life that is filled with Christ is a life that is abundant. It’s a life of fulfillment and peace and joy in Him.
So we have seen that Christ came to give us Himself. In Him we have it all!
He came to:
Tell us the truth
To be the ultimate Servant
To make a dividing line
To call sinners to repentance
To give us eternal life and abundant life
Friends, Christ did it all when He was born to die for us.
That is the costly redemption God provided in giving us Christ the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.
On top of a tall building in England was placed a large sculpture of a sheep for all to see below.
Here’s why. When the building was under construction one of the workers slipped and fell off the side of the massive structure.
When the other builders raced down to the ground level, they witnessed a breathtaking site. There standing before them was their co-worker uninjured yet covered in blood. Yet next to him was a dying sheep.
At the precise time of his fall, a shepherd was leading his flock by the side of the building. And that one sheep had taken the full weight of the man’s fall on itself. Its death meant his life.
So too, Christ came to earth to lay down His life for us.
He was born to die as our substitute that would take the full punishment of our sins.
O what a Savior God provided us in our Lord Jesus.
May every fiber of our beings respond with joyful obedience and praise: “But thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
Father, thank You for your infinite wisdom and love toward us. We are so amazed, so humbled that you would go to such an extreme to save sinners as ourselves. That you would give Your beloved Son to be born and live and die for our redemption.
Thank you for not only telling us the truth but for giving us the truth in Christ.
Thank you that He rescued us from our slavery to sin and judgment and gave us eternal and abundant life in Jesus our Savior.
Lord you know where each of us stand before you this morning. You know those that have never obeyed the gospel through repentant faith in Christ. Show them O God their sin and cause them to respond to your great grace. Draw them by Your Spirit so that they will believe and run to you for salvation.
We worship You and thank You for Your gracious work in our lives through Jesus Christ our Lord. May We praise You in His name, amen.
The Cause of Christ’s Coming