December 25, 2019 Christmas Day!
… Jesus … said, ‘It is finished.’ John 19: 30
It seems a bit awkward to offer this text on the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. It’s awkward because these are the last words Jesus speaks before he dies. Jesus’ last words. These words put a period on a life with a particular purpose. Jesus’ life. What began in Bethlehem ends here in Jerusalem. The purpose of that life was completed. It was finished.
In order to understand that, we need to understand what it was Jesus came to do. What did Jesus come to do? Jesus told Pilate.
John 18: 37b
‘For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’
Jesus came to tell the truth. What is the truth. Jesus told his 12 disciples.
John 14: 6-7
6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
You see Jesus, you see God. God is the truth. Jesus came to testify to that. So, what is God’s truth?
John 3: 16-17
16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
And at Jesus’ baptism, his cousin John the Baptist knew exactly what Jesus came to do.
John 1: 29
29 [John] saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
So, we put all these things together: God so loved the world that God sent Jesus, his exact human imprint, as a gift, to save the world. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world. You see Jesus. You see God. Follow Jesus. Enter into the presence of God. Eternally.
That is why Jesus came. That is God’s gift to us on Christmas Day.