What does the Christmas story mean to you? In this message, Alistair Begg asks where Jesus came from, why He came, and why His coming is significant to us. Jesus Himself answers these questions in the Gospel of John: as one person of the Trinity, He came from heaven and was sent to fulfill the Father’s purpose for salvation. Christ’s incarnation, life, death, and resurrection mean that we can enjoy unity with Him and peace with God for eternity.
25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
For many people, celebrating Christmas rarely goes beyond spending time with loved ones, enjoying holiday feasts, and feeling good about seasonal giving. In a world where hopelessness abounds, however, we need a God who offers more than mere sentiment. When we take a moment to really consider Scripture’s account of the birth of Christ, we might find ourselves asking who Jesus really is, why He was born, where He came from, and who sent Him. What mission did He come to earth to accomplish?
In this two-sermon series, Alistair Begg presents biblical answers to questions like these that are raised by Christ’s incarnation. As we navigate the Nativity, we will come to know Jesus better and gain a deeper understanding of the Bible’s awe-inspiring story.
|Why God Sent His Son||Galatians 4:4-5|
|The Incarnation Explained By Jesus||John 6:25-40|