Christmas is a wonderful reminder that God came and lived among us (John 1:14). It’s a reminder of how God came: born of a virgin in Bethlehem, as prophesied hundreds of years beforehand. It’s a reminder of when God came to the earth: Jesus appeared at just the right moment in human history “in the fullness of time” (Galatians 4:4). But as important as these truths are, if we don’t also understand why God sent His Son—in other words, what Jesus’ purpose and mission was—then we risk missing the entire point of the Christmas story.
The apostle John, though, knew why Jesus came. He knew because Jesus had explained it to him when they spent three years of ministry together. And thankfully we have John’s words to help us remember why Jesus came and why it matters to us today.
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