Why Was Jesus Born? Reason #3 – To Be The Perfect Sacrifice
As we lead up to Christmas service, Hope Arrives, we’re going to look at seven reason’s why Jesus had to be born.
Reason #3 – Jesus was born to be the Perfect Sacrifice.
We all seem to know instinctively that if we do something wrong, there will be a price to pay. As children, the first time we disobeyed our parents we hid, because we knew there would be a price if we were caught!
A required price for disobedience is an immutable law designed into the physical reality that God created:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:17
It’s a good thing too… can you imaging what humanity would be like if there were no laws, no penalty for sin?
God established the system of sacrifice for the Israelites so that their sin could be ‘covered,’ but also to be a physical forerunner of the ultimate sacrifice, which would come later in the form of Jesus Christ.
God instructed His people to participate in the physical rituals of animal sacrifices not because they were sufficient to remove people’s sins, but because of the lessons they taught. The writer of Hebrews explained this:
For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices which are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered? If the worshipers had once been cleansed, they would no longer have any consciousness of sin. But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. – Hebrews 10:1-4 (RSV)
In other words, the earlier, physical sacrifices were imperfect. They could only temporarily take away the penalty for sin.
Mankind needed a permanent solution, which is why Jesus was born into the world.
Yes Jesus taught truth, and performed miracles, but He was born with one ultimate mission: To take to place of man, and pay the penalty for our sin.
In other words, Jesus was born to die.
If God really loved His creation, mankind, Jesus had to be born. Because without the true sacrifice He made on the cross, humanity was doomed. All would die, with no hope beyond the grave.
…when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, then to wait until His enemies should be made a stool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. – Hebrews 10:12-14 (RSV)
So this season as we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember to acknowledge the reason that Jesus was born – to take your and my place on the cross, and pay the penalty for our sin, thus giving us the hope of eternal life with Him!
We can change the world, one life at a time…