Why Was Jesus Born? Reason #6: To Make God’s Holy Spirit Available To All Humankind
As we lead up to our Christmas service on Dec 23rd, Hope Arrives, we’re going to look at seven reason’s why Jesus had to be born.
Today we look at reason #6 Why Jesus was born:
To Make God’s Holy Spirit Available To All Humankind
On the Day of Pentecost, only a few weeks after Jesus death and resurrection, God poured out His Spirit on the assembled followers of Jesus. It was the fulfillment of a promise given in Joel 2:
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” – Joel 2:28-29
In his first sermon, the Apostle Peter declared that the promise of Joel was fulfilled by the Holy Spirit:
“This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” – Acts 2:32-33
Why was Jesus’ physical birth essential to His followers’ receiving of the Holy Spirit? Because if Jesus had not been born, He would not have fulfilled His part of the redemptive plan of God.
See each part of the Godhead had a role to play in the redemption of mankind.
God the Father: Established the plan, and gave authority to Jesus
Jesus the Son: Came to earth, lived a sinless life, experienced death for the payment of our sin, and rose to life, and ascending to the Father.
The Holy Spirit: Sent to earth to draw man to God, empower believers to live for Christ, and guide them in their lives.
Jesus noted that He needed to complete His mission, and return to Heaven, which would prompt the Holy Spirit to begin His mission.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” – John 16:7
It wasn’t that the Holy Spirit couldn’t come until Jesus ascended, but rather that it was God’s plan that Jesus would ascend to heaven, and then the Holy Spirit would come.
Jesus ministry did not end there; Jesus went to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3), and He continues to make intercession for us (Romans 8:34 / Hebrews 7:25).
And while Jesus continues His ministry, the Holy Spirit has been poured out to mankind, ministering in multiple ways, as Jesus described in John 16:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you. A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father” – John 16:12-16
The bottom line is that our lives here would be void and powerless were it not for the Spirit of God that lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). This could not have been possible, in God’s great plan, without the birth and subsequent sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
So this season as we celebrate Christmas, let’s remember to acknowledge the fact that Jesus was born so that you and I could receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We can change the world, one life at a time…