The Christmas Story

1 Peter 1:18-20 (ESV) ~ “… knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you…”

 

Believers are to reverence God because they have been redeemed. The word redeem means to set free or deliver by paying some ransom.

 

Let us observe from scripture why Jesus was manifested in the flesh.

Jesus Manifestation Was …

  • Anticipated prophetically ~ Genesis 3:15, 16
  • Announced typically ~ Old Testament sacrifices
  • Authenticated Historically ~ 1 John 5:20
  • Accepted personally ~ 1 John 4:1-3

 

 

To Display His Purity

  • 1 John 3:5 (ESV) ~ “You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.”
  • This is the great love of God for man, the giving of His Son to die for the sins of man. If a person truly loves God, then that person bows in humble adoration before God’s Son. The person loves God because God sacrificed His own Son in order to save man. This is the test of our love for God: Have we turned from sin to God’s Son?

 

Jesus came to life a perfect life?

  • John 1:29 (ESV) ~ “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
  • Jesus Christ is the “Lamb of God.” Down through the centuries “the Lamb of God” has been one of the most cherished symbols of Jesus Christ held by believers.

 

  • Isaiah 53:5-6 (ESV) ~ “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV) ~ “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
  • One of the very reasons Jesus Christ came to earth was to live a sinless and perfect life.

 

To Destroy Satan’s Work

  • 1 John 3:8 (ESV) ~ “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
  • This means that the first sin ever committed was by the devil himself. Jesus came to give us a pay to salvation and to destroy the works of the devil.

 

  • Revelation 20:10 (ESV) ~ “…and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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