The Reason the Son of God Appeared...

Can you complete the rest of the verse? It is from 1 John 3:8. The reason the Son of God appeared was to

destroy the devil's work.

In other words, the reason for Christmas is so that Jesus will destroy the devil's work. The baby in a manger is going to destroy sin, evil, suffering, and all that Satan (the accuser) does to bring ruin to this world.

The thief (the devil) comes to STEAL, KILL, and DESTROY. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

The devil is a murderer from the beginning.  John 8:44

The devil is a liar and the father of lies.  John 8:44

"Jesus Christ did not come into the world merely to save people from their anxieties, or boredom, or bad habits...

...he came to rescue the entire created order from the pervasive power of sin" (Richard Mouw).

Christmas is the radical beginning of a breath-taking new project. Jesus Christ has come to put an end to all that is evil around us, forgive all that is wrong inside us, heal all that is broken in us, restore all that has been taken from us, and radically upgrade the quality of our life to what it is meant to be.

No wonder the heavenly host sang:

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.  

Luke 2:14

May you have the love of the Father, the grace of the Son, and the power of the Spirit this Christmas season.

Joy to the world, the Savior has come,
Pastor Brian Rice
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