Last week we discussed the Person of Christ – the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man – and the Position of Christ – prophet (mouth piece of God), priest (our mediator), and king (victorious over death and sin). Today lets take a quick look at the PURPOSE of Christ.
The name he was given by his parents at the command of the angel of the Lord sums it up very well. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Man needed saving because their failure to obey had made them enemies of God (Romans 8:7, James 4:4). But God’s love was so great that he gave us his only son (John 3:16). The ultimate purpose of Jesus being born was so that he could die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Jesus did many things as he walked this world with humanity. He healed the sick, restored the broken, loved the outcast, raised the dead, and spoke words of life, all to put the love of God on display. His death was that ultimate demonstration of love and his resurrection was the ultimate display of prophecy fulfilled and power revealed. He came to live a life of example of how we too can live, to equip and empower us. He came to save his people from their sin and give them life to the fullest (John 10:10).
1.Go back and read the story of the birth of Christ in Matthew 1:18-2:6 and Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20. What various names do you see given to Jesus and how do their meaning speak toward his purpose?
2. What were some specific things that the angels said to the various characters that were a part of his story (Mark, Joseph, shepherds, and maji)?