Today we are going to look at how and the reason why Jesus came to the earth. Hopefully by the end of this session, many of you will grasp this understanding and your life will have a fuller meaning.
Jesus was born of a virgin and as we learned in the first session, her name was Mary. Why was Mary chosen? Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph who many first thought was a carpenter but there is now enough evidence to show that he may have also been a brick layer or worked with concrete in some measure. Joseph and Mary both were descendent of a King by the name of David. Mary was in love with Joseph, but she was chosen by God to be the woman who would give life to the Son of God.
Mary loved God and was true to God with all that was with-in her mind. She meditated on the things of God and was a very thankful woman for all things. Another attribute of Mary was that she did not doubt the power of God.
God chose Mary for one of the important acts of obedience He has ever demanded of anyone. His favor upon Mary did not bring her instant success or fame. In fact quite the opposite. His blessing on Mary, the honor of being the mother of the Messiah, would lead to much pain. Her peers would ridicule her; her fiancé’s would come close to leaving her, her son would be rejected and murdered.
But through her son, would come the world’s only hope. This is why Mary has been praised by countless generations ever since, even though , until the right timing of God, others would doubt in this miracle. Mary’s submission to God was part of God’s plan to bring about our salvation. Of course there is one religion that goes way over board and exults Mary as someone of high regard, where she may not need to be. She too, was after all like the rest of us… human.
God’s announcement that Mary was to conceive His Son, was brought by an angel by the name of Gabriel. When Gabriel appeared to Mary he said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you!
You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor David. And He will reign over Israel] forever; His Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and He will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left. (NLT) Luke 1: 28-38
A young un-married girl who became pregnant risked disaster. Unless the father of the child agreed to marry her, she would probably remain un-married, most of her life. If her own father rejected her, she could be forced into begging, in order to earn her living. Not to mention, Mary’s story about becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit, risked being considered crazy as well. Still Mary said, despite the possible risks, “May everything you have said come true.”
In order for God to use us, what do we have to do?
The birth of Jesus to a virgin is a miracle that many people find hard to believe. There are three facts that can aide our faith. The fella who wrote the story of Jesus, knew Mary and was basically getting her testimony written down and his name was Luke. (1) Luke was a medical doctor and he knew perfectly well how babies were made. It would have been hard for him to believe in a virgin birth but he writes this down and records it as a fact. (2) Luke was a painstaking researcher who based his gospel on eyewitness accounts. The book he wrote in the bible about Mary was her story, not an invention. (3) Christians and Hebrews, who worship God as the creator of the universe, should have no doubt’s that God has the power to create a child in a virgin’s womb.
When Mary had asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”, she wasn’t doubting that it could be done, what she was asking was how can a virgin have a child? When Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants. May everything you have said come true.” she did not know about the tremendous opportunity that she would have. She only knew that God was asking her to serve Him, and she willingly obeyed.
Now lets take a look at the valuable lessons we have just learned here.
Can you imagine the responsibility that Mary faced in raising up the Son of God? Sometimes we might feel like we have enormous responsibilities in our life, that maybe we don’t have the ability, or the experience, or maybe even the education and that makes us feel like we are unlikely candidates.
God sees and knows our potential. He can use us if we trust Him. We can not limit the possibilities of God Almighty. (El Shaddai) When God shows us favor, we do not gain instant fame. Like Mary, we need to learn to trust in God and to wait upon Him to carry out His plan. We can’t just rush into things blindly and make rash decisions. We need to take every issue to God and ask God to show us “How would Jesus handle this situation”
If sorrows or sadness weigh us down, and dims our hope, think of Mary and how she waited for God to finish working out His plan. Like Mary, we do not have to doubt that God can do anything and everything. We may ask how and He may share the answer but it is so much easier if we trust Him to show us how. It is also more exciting to watch God work in our life.
We also learned that it is better not to wait for the bottom line before we offer our life to God. When we offer our self willingly, like Mary, God will show us His favor. Even though Mary was obedient, she knew the possibilities of possible disaster and what the outcome might be, but she trusted and obeyed God. God does not promise that His way is easy. But He does promise to be with us the entire way and never leaves us to handle it alone.
In other words, God will walk through every situation and will not run away or cower to the enemy who tries to hurt us. With the Spirit of Jesus living in side of us, we are as strong as Jesus to overcome anything and everything, just like Mary.
When Mary graciously submitted and believed the angels words and agreed to bear the child, even under humanly impossible circumstances, she showed us her faith. Is God able to do the impossible?
Later on in the book of Luke, Jesus says these words: (Luke 18:27) And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. In the book of Mark chapter 10, verse 27 and in the book of Matthew chapter 19 verse 26, we can find the very same words that Jesus spoke.
Our response to God should not be laughter or disbelief or doubt, but willing acceptance. Mary’s faith, believed God to be faithful. She believed God would fulfill His faith in Her. The Lord wants folks who believe in eternity and have a willing heart in ALL THINGS. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. The kingdom of God is what all the disciples taught and so did Jesus. Jesus never taught evangelism to the people as a whole, He taught this to the 12 who were to take this message to the ends of the earth. They still do through the words in our scripture. We do not need that any man teach us because the spirit of God teaches us through the words of scripture. When we go to church, we had better know our word well enough not to allow our ears to hear that which is not true, or we better take notes and look it all up ourselves asking the Spirit of God to lead us into all truth. Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. This is why I give scripture to back up what I say because I learned all that I have learned, from scripture.
John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
If Mary had refused God’s gift to her, to bring forth the Son of God with-in her womb, she would have been throwing her blessing back at Him. What would God have done if Mary refused to carry the baby child Jesus, in her womb? Pride is refusing to accept God’s gifts or taking credit for what God has done. Humility is accepting the gifts and using them to praise and serve God. We shouldn’t deny, belittle or ignore our gift. We should thank God and give Him the glory.
Do you have a gift? Do you have a talent that you can use to glorify God? Can you sing or play an instrument? Are you really good at football and have a yearning to be in the NFL? Are you a designer or one who likes to pray or write?
Jesus had a gift. He had a healing ministry. Before He began His ministry, He sought the very will of God and was lead by the Spirit of God into the wilderness for a long and difficult time of testing. He was faced with temptation to commit sin. This is where Jesus overcame sin because He did not give in to it or be seduced into sinning like Adam, the first man.
It was in the garden when satan stole the very identity of Adam, right out from underneath him by making him think that he had the world on a platter to offer him knowledge . What Adam did not know was that he had already been blessed with all kinds of knowledge. God brought to Adam, all the animals, just to see what he would call them, and Adam chose a name for each one
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
God gave Adam a mind to think and God gave it to Adam, to name all the animals and birds. Adam had responsibilities to tend to the garden that God had created. He had only one warning and that was that there were two trees in the garden and he was not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It was Adam’s choice to eat or not to eat from that tree.
Adam and Eve both listened to bad advice from satan and bit into the forbidden fruit from that tree and sin entered into the human flesh. They both disobeyed God. This is how we know that every man has a choice in life because God planted two trees. One good and one bad. It was Adam’s decision, his own choice that caused him grief the rest of God his life. Sin entered the human race through the mouth of man. Many blame this on Eve, the woman, but when we read it very carefully, Adam was standing right next to her. Genesis 3:6 ¶ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
With out choice, Adam would have been like a prisoner in that garden and his obedience would have been hollow. God wants us to choose to be obedient and to choose to love Him, more than life itself.
So now, with God’s perfect creation gone wrong, sin entered into the race of mankind. God’s perfect world now rotted by sin, all because God loves us so very much that He didn’t want robots. He wanted us to make our own choice, to love Him. To be obedient in the world that He created.
Who knows better how to get by in this world than the One who created it. He knew that since Adam had chosen to disobey that He would have to create a way out of sin, since sin had entered into His perfect world.
So God sent His only begotten Son into the world to reconcile us back to Him. Through Jesus, and His life and death and resurrection, we see the standard of how we can all make it back to the perfect world that God has waiting for those who truly want to life in eternity with Him.
There is no other way back to God, with out going through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Satan had a choice too and he made his when he tried to over rule God and he was completely with in his right to make that choice. The only thing is, now that satan made his choice, God had to also create hell, so that when all is said and done, satan will have an eternal life in hell. According to the law, the wages of sin are death and death is an eternity as well. But Jesus came to save us from the law of sin and death. When Jesus said that He did not do away with the law, He meant it.
Matthew 5:17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. If we throw away the law of God, then we must throw out the teachings of the prophets and the law of love as well. The Prophet Isaiah stated this: The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. Isa 42:21 This is exactly what Jesus did.
The prophet Jeremiah spoke these words: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34
But He did come and exchange His life for ours so that we would not have to pay the penalty for our sin, which is death. For the law of the spirit, of life in Christ Jesus, hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
So now we see understand the reason why He came. He came to die for all the sin of mankind and to heal us from all sickness and disease that derives from our sin nature and not human nature, in order to reconcile us back to God through His own death. He became the perfect Lamb of God who gave His own life to save us from the law of sin and death, which is the penalty for sin.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed. Iniquities is another word for sin.
God’s warning was not heeded. Adam made the wrong choice and now Jesus came to bring us back to the life that God wanted to give us in the first place.
What is sin you may be asking?
A transgression is a violation of God’s law. 1John 3:4 ¶ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Jesus was wounded for our violations, against the will of God. Jesus was bruised for our iniquity. Iniquity is a gross injustice of sin. He was bruised for all that is wicked in the eyes of God. To chastise means to inflict punishment on. Jesus took upon Himself, all of our punishment not only for what we have done, but for what we may still do by our own bad choices. But it was in every whipping that He took, that we find our healing. This was His expertise. His ministry was all about healing.
God uses people all the time when they recognize and developed the talent that they are given. Are you a teacher? Are you a scientist, are you a doctor? Who are you in God? Mary gave birth to her gift.
What gift do you want to give birth to or too bring to life?
What gift can you offer God and how can you bring glory and honor to Him with that gift? Jesus came to bring us a gift. What we do with that gift, is our gift to God.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.