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Jesus came to do what?

Here’s a recent Twitter post by a national religious leader…

Christmas is not about any of these things.  As much liberal and progressive theologians want you to think this, it’s simply not true.

In their insistence upon drawing attention away from humankind’s total depravity and the resulting wrath of God that comes with it, they have reinterpreted and misapplied Scripture to (seemingly) prop up their misguided social agenda. While it is true there may (or may not) be some social implications we can arrive at from the birth of Christ into the world – that is not the point.

The Bible says…

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).

“For the son of man came to see and to save the lost.”  (Luke 19:5)

(Speaking of his atoning death) Jesus said “…No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” (John 12:27)

Christ came into the world to save sinners.  (1 Timothy 1:15)

And on we could go.

We must not overshadow the real intention of Jesus’ coming by using it to advance one’s own social and political agenda.

Humankind’s biggest dilemma (from which it cannot deliver itself) is our absolute inability to stand before a holy God.

Jesus came to die (in our place) and rise again…

… so that those to whom he has given faith can believe and call on his name…

… so that they can be forgiven and granted free grace…

… so that they can have his righteousness…

… so that we may stand before that holy God in a righteousness not of our own but one               fully provided by Jesus Christ to us.

That is the point of his coming.

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