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The Purpose of Christmas

By Pat Robertson
The 700 Club

It's interesting that Jesus made a significant statement about His birth just before His death. During Jesus' trial, Pilate asked about His identity. Jesus replied, "For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth" (John 18:37b, NASB).

Jesus didn't say He was born to preach or heal, but that His fundamental purpose was to bear witness to the truth.

Pilate then asked, "What is truth?" But he was in too much of a hurry to wait for the answer. How many of us are like that today? Sometimes it takes a tragedy, such as a death in the family or the recent terrorist attacks, before people take time to measure their lives against what is genuinely meaningful and true.

When a carpenter says, "I'm going to true up a piece of wood," he lines up a board to conform with the standard of a plumb line. Opinions don't count -- only the truth.

Down through the ages, Jesus declares, "I am the way and the truth and the life. … Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 14:6a; 8:32).

Jesus came into the world bearing a message of paramount importance: God is our creator, sustainer and redeemer; to see the Father, we must look at His Son.

The reason Jesus was born is that we might know God! This is why we celebrate Christmas with such joy year after year. Through Jesus — called "Emmanuel," which means God with us — God is indeed with us in youth and old age, in good times and bad, in tragedy and triumph.

But in bringing us this wonderful message, Jesus goes a step further -- and entrusts us with the tremendous responsibility of sharing God's Word with others. "You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8b). Millions of lost souls desperately need the life-giving message of the Gospel!

NOTE: All Scripture is quoted from the NIV except as noted.

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