Written by: Tim Wood

Ask 10 people what the meaning of Christmas is and you will probably get 10 different answers. Most of the answers will likely be sentimental and for the most part good.  But, are they accurate? And, is that the right question? Why did Christ come to earth? That seems like a better question. Thankfully, Jesus answered that question many times by using the phrase, “I have come”.

Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Luke 5: 31-32 – Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

John 5:43 – “I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.”

John 6:38 – “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 12:46 – “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

John 18:37 – Jesus answered Pilate, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

In his own words Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law, to heal the sick, to connect us to the Father, to do the Father’s will, to give abundant life, to be light and truth. Jesus also said that, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already” (John 3:17-18). On another occasion Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

This is the meaning of Christmas. This is why Jesus came to earth. This is worthy of celebration and joy and “glory to God in the highest”.