If my neighbor needed a cup of sugar, I would give it to him.
But what if he needed a friend?
If my neighbor needed bread, I would share with him.
But what if he needed love?
If my neighbor needed shoes, I
would provide them for him.
But what if he needed compassion?
If my neighbor needed water, I would dig him a well.
what if he needed God?
God grant me the wisdom to give my
neighbor what he really needs!
God's great plan for mankind included giving man the thing
he needed the most, the necessity of a savior and a redeemer for
mankind. Enclosed herein are seven reasons, leading up to the
greatest of all, that Jesus the messiah, the very Son of God, had
to be born.
Jesus had to be born because of mankind's universal sin.
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful
garden that supplied their every need. In the Garden of Eden, our
original human parents found food plentiful, tame animals and a
loving teacher - God who accompanied them and taught them
everything they needed to know.
If Adam and Eve obeyed God, they could have bridged the gap
between mortality and immortality; they had access to the tree of
life. They had every advantage, so what went wrong?
Adam and Eve did what every human being has done: They
sinned. They disobeyed God.
God gave Adam and Eve the gift of free choice. He gave them
the ability to decide whether they would obey Him or not. They
missed the mark and sin entered the world and all mankind (Romans
God allowed Satan, in the form of a serpent, to attempt to
subvert God's will for mankind (Genesis
3:1-4). The devil appealed to Eve's vanity, convincing her
she could be as God Herself, "knowing good and evil" (verse
5). Satan, in a blatant lie, told Eve she did not have to
depend on God for anything. Satan posed as the liberator, offering
Eve instant gratification.
Eve was deceived by this appeal to her vanity and ate the
forbidden fruit and presented it to her husband. Adam then also
ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge (verse
Why did Satan's deception of Adam and Eve mean that Christ
had to be born? The Savior had to be born because mankind, after
the sin of Adam and Eve, would have been eternally lost - cut off
from God - had not Jesus come to earth and allowed Himself to be
sacrificed to save mankind from Adam and Eve's sin of disobedience
Jesus had to be born because God wanted to reveal His own
character to humanity.
God wanted to reveal His righteous character to Adam and
Eve and to all of mankind so they could become like Him in mind
and spirit. God created our two original parents in His own image
(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7).
Accordingly, God instructed them to exercise their free will by
urging them to look to Him as the revealer of good and evil. God
gave Adam and Eve the opportunity to embrace His divine wisdom. Tragically, Adam and Eve
followed the father of lies, Satan, and both ate of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. This wrong choice, this rebellion against
their Creator, severed their close relationship with Him. God cast
them out of the Garden of Eden, cutting off their access to the tree
of life (Genesis 3:22-23).
Why did God desire to reveal His character to mankind mean that
Jesus had to be born?
Jesus had to be born because Adam and Eve failed to carry out God's
mandate to glorify Him in their lives. It was left for the Son of God;
thousands of years later, to ultimately fulfill the divine revelation
of God's character and purpose for man (John
Jesus had to be born to remove the sins of humankind through a perfect
Thousands of years before Jesus' birth, God revealed through
His faithful servant Moses a religious system that included animal
sacrifices and offerings. God instructed His people during this time
to set up in the wilderness the tabernacle, the tent that was the
forerunner of the temple (Exodus 25:8-9).
This temple was designed for showing that God desired to dwell
in the midst of His people, but the only way that could happen was
with a system of continual animal sacrifices that cleansed God's
people from their sin. This was the only way that God could remain in
their midst and sinful man now cleansed could remain in God's
presence. Sin separates us from our loving Father (Hebrews
Why did the need for a perfect sacrifice mean that Jesus had to
be born? It was because
the earlier, physical sacrifices were imperfect. They could not take
away the penalty for sin (Hebrews 10:4).
God instructed the Israelites in the need for sacrifice, but they had
access only to physical forerunners of the ultimate sacrifice, which
would come later in the form of Christ Himself. God instructed His
people to participate in the physical rituals of animal sacrifices not
because they were sufficient to remove people's sins, proven by the
fact that they were continual, but because of the lessons they taught
- that sacrifices were necessary because of mankind's sins. Jesus had
to be born because, without the true sacrifice, humanity was doomed.
All would die, with no hope beyond the grave.
Jesus had to be born for mankind to have a Mediator.
Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews
the New Covenant, God replaced the continual sacrifices of the
Levitical priesthood with the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Himself.
"But now He has obtained a more excellent
ministry, inasmuch as He is the Mediator of a better covenant, which
was established on better promises" (Hebrews
8:6). However, what were the terms of the New Covenant?
"This is the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,
says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on
their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people"
The law written on the believer's heart under the terms of the
New Covenant is the immutable spiritual law of God. Paul wrote that
this law, summarized by the Ten Commandments, is
"holy, and the commandment holy and just and
good...For we know that the law is spiritual..." (Romans
7:12-14). This law serves as the basis for the covenant
Psalm 19:7 tells us that
"the law of the Lord is perfect, converting
the soul." The understanding that Jesus is the mediator
between God and mankind makes it easier for us to comprehend that the
ministry of Christ is an administration superior to the Levitical
This understanding lets the believer purge his conscience from dead
works to serve the living God (Hebrews
9:14). Upon acceptance of the New Covenant, the believer is
imbued with the power of the Holy Spirit so God can write His laws on
his heart and mind (Hebrews 8:8).
Why does the need for a mediator mean Jesus had to be born? It
is because the priesthood, staffed by the Levites as revealed in the
Old Testament, was imperfect. It was only a forerunner. Jesus had to
be born because the salvation of mankind requires something better.
5. Jesus had to be born to provide the promised seed of Abraham.
God promised Abraham that through his (Abraham's) "seed," or
descendants, all nations of the world would be blessed (Genesis
22:18; Galatians 3:14-16). Through faith in God and His name,
people of all nations have access to God's mercy, forgiveness and
reconciliation with God the Father. God does not show favoritism (Acts
10:34). Indeed, His plan of redemption includes all people of
all races, of all national and ethnic groups.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is
neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are
all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's then you are
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians
3:28-29). The key word here is heirs. Through Christ
believers become sons of God (Romans 8:14)
"And if children, then heirs - heirs of God
and joint heirs with Christ..." (verse
Under the old covenant, God chose a physical people, Israel, to
set the example for other nations (Deuteronomy
4:5-8). Israel, being unconverted and subject to the frail of
humanity, failed, but the Israelites were forerunners of a converted,
spiritual Israel, which includes believers of every race and
nationality (Galatians 3:27-29, 6:15-16,
Romans 2:28-29Jesus had to be born to provide the promised
spiritual fulfillment of the Seed of Israel. Jesus, quite
appropriately, was a literal, physical descendant of Abraham. He was
Abraham's Seed, through whom all nations of the world would be
Jesus had to be born for God to make His Spirit available to all
Not only did Jesus have to be born, but also, He had to pay the
penalty for our sins through His own death, then he resurrected to
ascend to the Father as our High Priest. Only then would humanity at
large be able to receive and benefit from the incredible gift of God's
Holy Spirit. "This Jesus God
has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
"Therefore, being exalted to the right hand of God, and having
received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out
this which you now see and hear" (Acts
2:32-33On the day of Pentecost, only a few weeks after Jesus
died and was resurrected God poured out His Spirit on the few
assembled followers of Jesus. Peter, who was among that early
gathering, summarized what we must do to receive the Spirit of God. He
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (verse
Why was Jesus' physical birth essential to His followers
receiving of the Holy Spirit?
No one is worthy to receive the Holy Spirit, and we must be
begotten of God through His Spirit to receive eternal life. Jesus'
death - His ultimate sacrifice - made possible the forgiveness of
sins, which in turn enables us to look forward to living and reigning
with Christ in the Kingdom of God. Without Jesus' birth, none of this
would be possible. Through Christ, God has restored that which was
lost in the Garden of Eden: access to a right relationship with God
and access to the tree of life. Through the sacrifice of Christ, God
has made possible this right relationship with mankind.
"As God has said: "I will dwell in them and
walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people"
(2nd Corinthians 6:16b).
God has made it possible for all mankind to come voluntarily
into an intimate relationship with Him.
This could not have been possible, without the birth and
subsequent sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
7. Jesus had to be born for God to redeem mankind.
The salvation of mankind was dependent on Jesus coming to earth
and living a perfect life, then dying as the perfect sacrifice for the
sins of the whole world. All of this is another way of saying that
Jesus had to be born because He is our Redeemer. God in His infinite
mercy foreordained His plan of redemption for sinful mankind through
Christ (1st Peter 1:20). Jesus was
declared" the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation
13:8b). However, why does sin require a redeemer? The Bible
shows us that
"the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans
3:23). Therefore, all have earned the death penalty for sin.
Nevertheless, God has made allowance for sinners to be
redeemed, or bought back, from the death penalty by a redeemer. Romans
chapter 5 calls Jesus "the second Adam," in contrast to the first, the
original man. The first Adam brought sin into the world (verse
12). The second Adam - Jesus Christ - brought redemption,
reconciliation, and the hope of eternal life (verse
6-10). Since the wages of sin is death, redemption requires the
sacrificial death of the Redeemer.
God promised that redeemer to Adam and Eve even before He cast
them out of the Garden of Eden. After the Creator confronted our first
parents with their sins, He spoke to Satan, who appeared in the form
of the serpent. He told him, "...I
will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and
her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel"
What is the meaning of this prophecy, and what does it have to
do with the redemption of humanity? As Walter Kaiser Jr. writes in his
book The Messiah in the Old
Testament: Genesis 3:15 has
commonly been called the proto-evangelium (the "first gospel") because
it was the original proclamation of the promise of God's plan for the
whole world...The "seed/offering" mentioned in this verse became the
root which the tree of the Old Testament promises of a Messiah grew.
This, then, was the "mother prophecy" that gave birth to all the rest
of the (messianic) promises" (1995, Pg. 38).
With this in mind, we can see the prophecy becoming clear. The
Seed of the woman (Christ) bruises the head of Satan by eventually
nullifying his influence (Romans 16:20).
In the meantime, however, the devil wages war against Jesus, the seed
of the woman. Satan's attacks on the seed of the woman can be seen in
his influence on Herod to order the murder of all male children age
two and younger in Bethlehem. Moreover, Satan eventually instigated
Jesus' crucifixion. However, Satan's scheme backfired, for the death
of the Son of God provided mankind with a redeemer.
Redemption is a prominent theme throughout the Bible. God, in
His love and mercy, is long-suffering, not willing that any should
ultimately perish (2nd Peter 3:9).
He wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of His
truth (1st Timothy 2:4). Because
sin results in death - physical and eternal death - and the promised
redeemer had not yet been born, God in days of old revealed to Moses a
religious system based on animal sacrifices and offerings.
Israel came into God's presence through sacrifices that the
Levitical priesthood offered at the tabernacle and later at the
temple. However, these sacrifices could never provide redemption for
sins to enable worshipers to receive forgiveness and the Holy Spirit (Hebrews
10:1-4). They could provide only a temporary ceremonial
cleansing that represented the genuine cleansing to come through
Lacking the heart and mind for true obedience, Israel as a
whole neglected its promise to obey God and keep His commandments.
Instead, the Israelites gradually placed far more importance on the
sacrificial laws and their oral traditions. Obedience from the heart
became far less important than physical sacrifice and ritual. By the
time of Jesus' life on earth, the Israelites were placing more
emphasis on their own oral tradition than on the law of God. Jesus
asked the Pharisees,
"Why do you also transgress...In vain they
worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men"
God gave the ancient Israelites His great immutable spiritual
laws; but at the same time, He gave them a temporary physical system
for worshiping Him. The spiritual law revealed to people the basis for
conducting their affairs with God and their fellow man (Matthew
22:35-40). The physical system of rituals served mostly to
remind them of their sinful nature and the need to be clean and
without spot or blemish when they came into God's presence. This
physical dimension was temporary, however, only until the promised
Redeemer would come and pay the ultimate price for sin (Hebrews
9:9-12). Jesus the Messiah is the promised Redeemer. He had to
be born for humanity to be redeemed from sin. As we noted earlier,
Peter summarized what we must do to be redeemed:
"Repent and let every one of you be baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts
Through Christ's blood God forgives our sins, and by Christ we receive
the promise of eternal inheritance (Hebrews
9:12-15). Through Christ, God has restored that which was lost
in Eden - access to the tree of life. Moreover, repentant people have
become the temple of the living God.
"As God has said; I will dwell in them and
walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people"
(2nd Corinthians 6:16).
es, God has made it possible for all people to enter an
intimate relationship with Him - which is why Jesus had to be born.
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