God With Us (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to come as a baby? Why didn’t God just start over when “the Fall” happened with Adam and Eve? There is a lot more to the Nativity story than you can imagine. I hope the next four weeks will give you a greater appreciation for Jesus coming to earth as a baby and a greater revelation of God’s love for you.

Isaiah 7:14: All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

This prophecy was written about 650 years before Jesus was born. It describes Jesus who is God living among His people. The moment Adam and Eve fell God set His redemptive plan in motion and Jesus coming as a baby was His best and only plan. We are going to look at some of the Key reasons as to why Jesus coming to earth was such a big deal.

I. Jesus came to seek and save the lost

John 3:10-17: Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Jesus is trying to explain His message about the Kingdom of God to Nicodemus. He lays out a clear picture for salvation - that the Son of Man must come to earth and die on the cross in order for man to receive eternal life.

God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son to earth to take our sin upon Him by dying on the cross and restoring our relationship with the Father. He did not send Him to judge the world but to save the world through Jesus.

Luke 19:9-10: Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Jesus cam to seek and to save the lost. This is why he spoke parables about the lost coins and the prodigal son. God is crazy about us and loves us so much that He pursues us with His grace and His love. He wants us to know Him!

II. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil

1 John 3:7-8: Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.

When man fell in the garden, sin and death entered the world. We feel pain, sorrow and sickness because of the curse of sin. Jesus cam to destroy those things.

Titus 2:14: He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

He gave His life to free us from sin!

Revelation 1:17-18: When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

We don’t have to be afraid because He holds the keys to death and the grave. He is the Resurrection and the life!

Colossians 2:13-15: You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Jesus has disarmed the devil through the cross. Because of the victory on the cross, Satan has no legal rights over those who put their faith in Jesus.

III. Jesus came to restore and give life

Luke 4:18-19: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

Jesus is in the business of restoration. He make the poor rich, sets the captives free, helps the blind to see, and sets the oppressed free. He restores broken marriages and broken bodies.

John 10:10 (NKJV): The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Satan’s goal is to destroy your life. God wants to give to life and wants you to live life to the fullest.

When Jesus came to earth, He brought hope and love. He could not have expressed love in a better way. He gave His life to destroy the works of the devil. He broke the power of sin and death. He restored us and gave us a new chance at life. This new life is meant to be rich and full. It can only be lived that way though an intimate relationship with Jesus. When we come to know Him, we come to know love and what true life really is. Life is forever changed and we are never the same. We can thank Jesus for that!