Matt. 1:21

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

                Intro: Two-thousand years ago, the greatest miracle in human history happened when Jesus Christ took upon himself the robe of genuine humanity via the Virgin Birth as a lowly babe in a mother’s womb. This was the greatest condescension that ever occurred in human history.

                The eternally begotten Son of God, who had no beginning and who has no end, took upon himself the garb of a human being and voluntarily placed himself for 33˝ years into a world filled with sin and woe. Why did He come? The inspired Scriptures provide the answer.


Jesus Came to Declare Salvation

                Human beings have many physical needs such as food and water, but no need is so great in the human race as the need for Salvation. Salvation is found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and that is why he came to this world: It was solely “to seek and save that which was lost—Luke 19:10.”

                Jesus himself made this truth plain when he stated in John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” The Gospel author, Luke, was squarely on the mark when he recorded in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”  The Apostle Paul put it squarely on the line when he stated in Rom. 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

                Concerning this salvation in Christ, Paul clearly stated in I Tim. 2:5 that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.”  The writer of Hebrews [whom we believe was the Apostle Paul!] forthrightly declared: “How we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”

                Simeon was a godly O. T. believer who had the unique privilege of seeing Christ as an infant child. When he saw Christ, an infant boy in the temple, he recognized Christ’s deity and stated in Luke 2:30 that “mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”  Writing about Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews said: “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all that obey him.”


Jesus Came to Deliver Sinners

            It is a sad but true human reality, that all living human beings are plagued with the spiritual virus called SIN. We were born with a sin nature that started when Adam the first human being knowingly defied God and ate of the forbidden fruit. Concerning Adam’s act, the Apostle Paul forthrightly declared in Rom. 5:12 that “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

                Human beings were not born with sinless human natures, they were born with sinful human natures, natures that have a natural proclivity towards sin. While sexual activity, when exercised rightly within the marriage relationship is a normal activity, the Psalmist readily admitted that it is with sinful human natures that human beings are conceived. He said in in Ps. 51:5: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin [with a sinful nature] did my mother conceive me."

                We are sinners threefold: by nature, by practice and by choice. That is why Christ came into this world. He knew that we could NOT save ourselves. The Apostle Paul gave the key when he said that “…the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

                Now, fallen man has devised all kinds of religious substitutes to save himself from this terrible plague of sin, but no human endeavor can save him. Only the God who came from heaven in the second person of the Triune God, Jesus Christ could save lost sinners. The good news is found in John 3:16, perhaps the greatest Gospel verse in the inspired Scriptures: “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.”  The next verse, John 3:17, clearly states that “…God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”

                Spiritual deliverance comes only when guilty sinners completely trust Christ’s sacrificial, substitutionary work on the cross on their behalf: Guilty sinners need the deliverance, the remission of sins which only Christ’s work on the cross can provide: Rom. 3:25 pronounces this deliverance: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”


Jesus Came to Defeat Satan

            Human beings have many evil and religious adversaries. There are at least four kinds of fallen angels—demons—who actively oppose all human endeavors for good and for God. These evil adversaries are delineated in Eph. 6:12 as: (a) principalities, (b) powers, (c) the rulers of the darkness of this world and (d) spiritual wickedness in high places.” Now these four types of wicked antagonists vigorously confront us via their numerous sinful endeavors.

                However, in Col. 1:13, Paul states that God has “delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of dear Son;” While Rev. 12:11 actually refers to the tribulation era saints, the verse can be right applied to dispensational church age saints where it says that they “overcame him by the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony.”

                Way back in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, and chapter 3:15, we have recorded the ultimate defeat of Satan. Speaking to Eve, the first woman, about Satan, God declared: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. It shall bruise thy head [Satan] and thou shalt bruise HIS heel." It should be noted that the last reference in that verse is to a male personality, referring to Christ, and his ultimate defeat of Satan, At Calvary, Satan received his death blow from which he will never recover. Referring to Satan’s defeat at Calvary, Christ stated in John 12:31: “Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out?”

                For Satan, it is only a matter of time, until he meets his final and ultimate defeat. The outcome of the contest between Christ and Satan has been decided. Immediately following the Battle of Armageddon—Rev. 16:16, the Satanic Trinity of the Dragon, the Beast and the false prophet, will be forever broken up as the Beast and the false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire as Rev. 19:20 teaches.

                During the “golden age of human history, the Millennium, when Christ reigns in world peace—Rev. 20:1-6, for a thousand years on the earth, Satan will be confined to the bottomless pit—Rev. 20:2-3. At the conclusion of that time period, Satan will be released one more time, reunite his Satanic forces, and fire from God will completely destroy the devil’s emissaries. Satan will then be case into the lake of fire—Rev. 20:10.

                This evil world’s resistance to God will cease when God destroys by fire all semblance of the present worlds—II Pet. 3:8-l2—they will be completely destroyed, and God will create a “new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”   SUMMATION

                With such bright eternal prospects in view for which believers look, the Apostle Peter exhorts believers to “be diligent” that we “may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”  Jesus Christ came to declare salvation, deliver sinners and defeat Satan, and He will accomplish those goals, just like the Scripture declares. D.J.

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