Why the Baby Came

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For a long time, God had waited for the perfect time to carry out His perfect plan, a plan He had been predicting for centuries. Finally the time was right. He sent an angel to tell Mary about the wonderful events that she was about to experience. He sent an angel to talk to Joseph.

Mary and Joseph married. They obeyed government orders to travel to Bethlehem. There the baby was born.

Illustration of Bethlehem
“Bethlehem, April 6, 1839,” a lithograph by Louis Laghe. Courtesy Library of Congress.

God’s own Son Jesus was born that night in Bethlehem. During His time on earth, He told us why He came.

He said that He came to do His Father’s will.

For I have come down from heaven,
not to do My own will,
but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 6:38

He said that He came to give us light.

I have come as Light into the world,
so that everyone who believes in Me
will not remain in darkness.
John 12:46

He said that He came to bear witness to the truth.

Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king.
For this I have been born,
and for this I have come into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
John 18:37

He said that He came to serve.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give His life a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45

He said that He came to call sinners to Himself.

And hearing this, Jesus said to them,
“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician,
but those who are sick;
I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 2:17

He said that He came to save the world — including you and me and our children. Praise Him.

For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish,
but have eternal life.
For God did not send the Son into the world
to judge the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him.
John 3:16


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