Why did Jesus come?


The 20th January 2007 was a momentous day in the lives of four men. Henry Cookson, Rory Sweet, Rupert Longsdon and their guide, Paul Landry made history by being the first to reach the centre of Antartica (the pole of inaccessibility) without any mechanical assistance.

It was an incredible feat. A trek of 1750km (1100 miles) across the frozen wastelands of Antartica. It was also a grueling feat. Seven weeks of braving the bitter cold with wind chills often reaching below -50C (-58F).On top of that the sheer isolation of one of the most barren places on the face of the earth.

When I try to think of the strain and fatigue that these four men had to endure I am often left wondering why anyone put themselves through so much. But these men didn't do it aimlessly. They had a goal they were working towards. They wanted to make history and, at the same time, raise money to help disabled people.

The same thoughts come to mind as I think about Jesus coming as a baby and dying on the cross. It is an incredible step of humility and sacrifice that God would come in this way. Yet, just like the four explorers, he did not do it aimlessly.

There is a verse in the Bible that describes the goal of Jesus' life and death. It says this, ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16). The message of the Bible is that Jesus came to save. That was his goal and purpose. Jesus was born in Bethlehem and he died on the cross so that people might be forgiven for rebelling against God and come into a personal relationship with him.


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"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27