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Born to Die

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There are a myriad of answers to the simple question: “Why was Jesus born?” “Why did He come to earth?” The secondary reasons for his coming are: to present God to humanity; to teach truth; to fulfill law; to offer His kingdom; to teach those who did not understand about God; to reveal love; to bring peace; to heal the sick and more. 

But the one primary purpose for Jesus coming to earth was to suffer and to die. Bethlehem only happened so Calvary could happen. He was only a baby so He could be man and die. He only lived in order to die.

Those soft baby hands fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb were made in order that nails might be driven through them. Those chubby feet, pink and unable to walk, were one day to walk a hill and be nailed to a cross. That sweet head with sparkling eyes and eager mouth was formed in order that someday men might crush into it a crown of thorns. That tender body, warm and soft, wrapped in swaddling clothes, would one day be ripped open by a spear to reveal a broken heart; and that’s exactly why God made that body. Jesus was born to die. 

This Sunday we will remind ourselves of that truth as we begin our celebration of Christmas.

If you are unable to attend, you may watch the service on-line at our YouTube channel.