Devotional | The Baby that Came to Die
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, what whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16 NASB)
Why did Jesus Come?
Yes, Jesus came to reveal the Father. He came to teach and model. He came to show compassion and love. He came to perform sings and wonders. But the main reason Jesus came was to die a lonely, cruel death. 1 John 3:5 says "And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin." (NKJV).
If you remember from science class, our DNA is formulated from our mother's and father's, and DNA testing can prove genetic origins. In the fascinating documentary, The Fabric of Time, studies of the Shroud of Turin are done using modern technology. New testing of the DNA of the blood on the shroud has discovered only half of the blood is human and the other half unexplainable. Since "the wages of sin is death," (Romans 6:23 NKJV), this selfless Redeemer freely gave of His precious blood to be the 'propitiation' for us so we can be forgiven and walk in fulness of relationship with a Holy God through faith.
This helpless baby we remember particularly at Christmas is no longer a baby. Misty Edwards says it well, "He's not a baby in a manger anymore. He's not a broken man on a cross. He didn't stay in the grave and He's not staying in heaven forever." He's coming again - as a Bridegroom, a Judge and the victorious King of Kings.
Let's not let this Christmas season be blurred from the person who is the reason for the season.