Why did Jesus come down to earth?

We like the saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season” during this time of year. After all, this is what our focus should be on, the birth of Christ.  But I think that oftentimes we say those words but don’t really focus on the meaning. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season, but let’s take a closer look at why He is.

Jesus came to make a provision for our sins. I remember as a teenager seeing an illustration a lot like the one below…

 

 

 

This was to show that there is us on one side and God on the other and no way to bridge the gap between the two. Jesus came to earth to bridge the gap between our sinful nature on one side to God’s perfect nature on the other. You see the Bible shows in the Old Testament that “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). So, in the Old Testament, the people were required to make sacrifices to God and go before the leaders in the Temple. Gaining access to God was not as personal and was much more difficult. God desired to have a more intimate, personal relationship with his children and to make it easier for people to choose eternal life in heaven and so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to shed his own blood for our salvation. And all He asked was that we believe that Jesus was Lord, that He lived a sinless life on earth, that He died for our sins, and that He was raised from the dead, and to repent of our sinful nature and be saved. That’s it! It’s that easy!

But why did Jesus have to life a full 33 years on earth? Why not just come for a few years, minister, die and be raised from the dead? Why all 33 years? I believe that Jesus came down to earth as a baby because in order for us to relate to Him, in order for us to believe Him, he had to live in the same way that we did. He had to face all the same temptations, issues, trials, etc. that we did. He faced the death of a parent (it is believe based on several Scriptures that Joseph died before the wedding where Jesus turned water to wine), he faced the temptations that the opposite sex brings (I’m sure he was pursued by several girls and desired as a son-in-law by their parents), he was faced with the temptations of power and earthly possessions by Satan himself, and could have taken himself off the cross…but Jesus CHOSE to live as we lived in order to show us how we can handle each and every situation we are in. What better way to relate to the people of the world than to live as they lived?

So, you see, He came to relate to us and be the bridge we needed between our sinful nature and God himself! What a great gift that God gave us at this Christmastime!!! Jesus Christ!!!

17 Responses to “Why did Jesus come down to earth?”

  1. Lisa notes December 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    I don’t think I’ve ever considered in my 49 years that Jesus probably had girls’ parents pursuing him as a son-in-law. What a great insight. How would it be to have the Son of God marry into your family!

    Yet, because He came, we do get to be adopted into that family. What a blessing.

    Thanks for sharing your insights here. Very good!

    • April December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

      Yeah, I was talking to my son the other day and I thought, wait a minute! Jesus would have had girls pursuing him but more than that, can you imagine the number of moms and dads who were trying to get Jesus to marry their daughter? :) Thanks for coming by!

  2. Mom December 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    LOVE THIS!!

    • April December 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      :)

  3. Cris Ferreira December 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    It was a great gift indeed! The least we can do is be thankful for such love!
    Great post and excellent reminder.

    • April December 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

      So very true, thankful is the least we can do! Thanks for the visit!

  4. Hazel Moon December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Only three years of public ministry and then cut short, but that was also in God’s plan. What if we only had a bit of time to change the world? The time we do have is now and we can help bridge that gap between man and God.

    • April December 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      Exactly! Great words, Hazel! :)

  5. Jason December 14, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    I too am blown away by the idea that Jesus likely had parents wanting to get him as a son-in-law. But the Scripture clearly says he was tempted in all ways so He had to be tempted that way.

    • April December 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      :) I can only imagine what his parents had to say about it everytime they were approached! :)

  6. floyd December 14, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    Loved it. It’s to hard to comprehend the complete sacrifice of God and Christ. Most people over look the fact that God required a blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Christ the only possible perfect sacrifice could cover all sin for all time… Excellent job April.

    • April December 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      I totally agree, thanks Floyd!

  7. Michael Snow December 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    I hope that we all will make the most of this opportune season to share the Reason for it with someone outside the box of our four walls of church and home.
    As another ‘down’ thread put it let us remember that we are on offense.
    http://sdcougar.startlogic.com/blog/?p=169

    • April December 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

      Great thoughts, thanks for the visit! :)

  8. Chuck Allen December 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    An excellent reminder of the meaning of Christmas. I’m so glad we have a Savior who knows exactly what we’re going through.

    • April December 15, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      Me too, Chuck! :) Thanks for the visit!

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