Why Christmas?

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 1:15

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . . .

Cur Deus Homo? “Why did God become man?” That was life’s greatest question for the medieval Christian theologian, Anselm. It’s a question that many of us ask when the miracle of Jesus’ birth first grips us. Here is the most stupendous thought ever to occupy our minds – that the eternal God, Maker of the heavens and the earth, should stoop to share our life, and be born as a human child!

Why? Why would God do such a thing? Why did the Son of the Most High lay aside his glory, take on human flesh, and move into our neighborhood?

Paul quotes the answer given by the very first Christians: “The saying is sure, and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” It was already a household word among them when Paul reminded Timothy about it. Then Paul adds his word of personal witness: “of whom I am foremost.”

Jesus came from heaven on a mission to redeem. That was the message of the angels on that first night. Joy to the world! A Redeemer has been born who will one day die for us and rise again. Jesus is the Savior for all who, like Paul, know that they are sinners and put their trust in him.


Thank you, Lord, for coming to save us!