Why Christ Came: 31 meditations on the Incarnation by Joel Beeke & William Boekestein
"When thinking about Christ’s birth, we often focus our attention on Luke’s detailed gospel account. But to appreciate the main point of the story—that the eternal Son of God assumed our flesh-and-blood human nature—we need to learn from the rest of the Bible why Christ came to earth. Why did Christ come? In this book, thirty-one thoughtful meditations answer this vital question, and the answers encourage us to celebrate Christ’s birth more deeply, see more clearly how it is connected with the rest of His ministry, and recognize its importance for our lives."
When we think of the incarnation and why Jesus came to earth, how many of us really get past "born in a manger" and "died on the cross for our sins"? After Christmas is over, how much do we think about it? How often do we ponder the incredible truth of the God man, Immanuel, God with us?
The authors of this book do something of immense importance. In 31 short meditations they show us why Jesus came to earth. If you look at the list below you can see what I mean:
- To Do the Will of the Father
- To Save Sinners
- To Bring Light to a Dark World
- To Be Made Like His People
- To Bear Witness to the Truth
- To Destroy the Works of the Devil
- To Give Eternal Life
- To Receive Worship
- To Bring Great Joy
- To Demonstrate True Humility
- To Preach the Gospel
- To Bring Judgment
- To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
- To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
- To Reveal God's Love for Sinners
- To Call Sinners to Repentance
- To Die
- To Seek and Save the Lost
- To Serve
- To Bring Peace
- To Bring a Sword
- To Bind Up Broken Hearts
- To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
- To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
- To Reign as King
- To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
- To Be a Faithful and Merciful High Priest
- To Be the Second and Greater Adam
- To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
- To Be Loved by God's Children
- To Reveal God's Glory
As I read these meditations I was reminded anew how I could study and think upon the incarnation for the rest of my life and still never plum the depths of grace and gospel that are there. This book opened up to me afresh God's love for sinners, God's love for me. Truly to meditate on the incarnation is to fall down flat upon your face in reverence before such a merciful and gracious God.
Highly recommended, five stars.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.