This past Sunday we began a series for the holidays entitled, “Why Jesus Came.”
We will be taking the next ten weeks to explore the reasons Scripture gives us for the birth, life, and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reason #1 – “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
The Apostle John makes clear in his first letter that Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil.”
“The works of the devil”????
I don’t know what you think of when you hear “the works of the devil,” but John is very clear as to what he means. The work Jesus came to destroy is the work that has left humanity in bondage to sin through deception and false promises.
Jesus came to set us free from sin so that we can experience the abundant life of righteousness and closeness to God.
We cannot continue in sin and claim to abide in Christ.
We cannot make a habit of sinning and belong to the Father.
Forgiveness in Christ is not a license to sin more so that grace abounds. (Paul condemns this logic in Romans.) Jesus came to work back the curse that Mankind earned in the garden. Jesus came to undo the work of Satan’s deception, to undo the rebellion, and to undo enmity with God. He came to bring reconciliation, hope, and peace.
Jesus did not come so that we could be free to sin;
Jesus came that we might be free from sin.
He came that we might be given a new nature, one free of Satan’s tyranny, a nature set free from the bondage of sin, its influence, and its consequences.
In Christ, we are forgiven and free. We are forgiven from the penalty of sin so that we can experience the freedom of walking with Christ in righteouness and truth.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil… to set us free from sin so that we can walk in righteousness and life, exposing the enemy’s schemes, and proclaiming freedom to those who have been blinded by lies and enslaved to sin.
That is Why Jesus Came.