© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe authored the book What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? In sixteen chapters they probe the impact of Jesus on everything from civilization to education, government, medicine, art, free enterprise and sexuality. Who knows the scope of His effect on the world?
But the Bible emphasizes one reason for the birth of Christ. When Joseph discovered that the woman he was marrying was pregnant, an angel explained: “That which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).
Jesus’ birth alone would not accomplish our salvation. He was born to die. Conception and birth added human life to His deathless divinity (John 1:1-3,14). He lived a life like ours, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), then gave that life in sacrifice for ours. “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Hebrews 2:14-15). As we sing: “Mild, He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.”
His mission reached way beyond the manger. Jesus Himself told people that the reason He came was to seek and to save the lost, to give His life as a ransom for many (Luke 19:10, Matthew 20:28).
Jesus’ birth and life have already blessed you in ways immeasurable. But He was born so that you might be born again (John 3:3ff.).