The Reason Jesus Came Into the World (Christmas Devotional)

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Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth.” -John 18:37

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. -1 John 3:8 ESV

The incarnation (Jesus taking on flesh and being born human) is profound for many reasons. But these verses cut straight to the point of Jesus’ coming: to testify to the truth and destroy the works of the devil. Apart from Jesus, there is no truth. There are only lies. And where do those lies come from? Jesus answers that question for us. “He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars (John 8:44).

Sin entered the world because of lies. Sin is carried out because lies are believed to be truth. Jesus came to testify to the truth, and thus destroy the works of the devil–sin. When lies are replaced with truth, that can only come through revelation of the Holy Spirit, then lives are changed and transformed. The darkness of lies get replaced by the light of truth. Redeemed people begin to behave according to the truth, instead of according to lies. That’s the power of the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

What are we really celebrating today? We are celebrating the power of truth. We are celebrating the destruction of lies. We are celebrating a God who came down from heaven to tell us the truth about who we really are and what He has done to set us free. When we are free from sin, free from guilt, free from the devil’s clutches on our lives, we are filled with joy and peace. We are celebrating the birth of our Redeemer, the only One who could both testify to the truth and destroy the works of the Devil. There is so much to be thankful for in Jesus’ coming. What an incredible plan God had–beginning in a manger in Bethlehem.

By Courtney Silberman

Originally published on December 24, 2012

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