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Another Christmas has passed. Another period of time when we see and hear things like, “Tis the season”, “The reason for the season”, and other such phrases…

But truly what is the REAL reason for the season? Why did God come down, condescend, empty Himself and take on the form of a servant, made in the likeness of a man?

Well perhaps a couple parables might help us discover the answer.

Luke 19:11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

  • Because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear;
    • Christ begins to relate a parable to the people to correct their wrong thinking as to why He had come.
    • How many of you have heard people describe the reason for the season, or the birth of Jesus in a way that totally misses the mark?

Christmas affords a perfect opportunity to witness as to the REAL reason God became man.

Here are some of the actual reasons given as to why Christ came, given in the Christmas narrative itself.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

  • Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
  • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
    • Unto us a son is given: John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The true declaration is that Christ’s coming to earth, being born as a man, was solely to bring salvation to man.

  • Matt 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
  • Luke 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
  • 1Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
  • John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
    • I judge him not: Men love to declare how God is loving, and that everyone will be pardoned no matter how they continue to live and they use verses like this one to justify their thinking. But it is different now…
    • Jesus came to earth as an infant first to bring salvation, but, He is returning (as a King) to bring judgment, we must be diligent in warning people about this. What better time than Christmas?
      • John 12:46-48 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

The parable in Luke 19 points to this coming judgment. It immediately follows Jesus telling them why He has come, Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

  • The parable tells us the nobleman leaves and commands his servants, “Occupy until I Come”
    • The word translated occupy means to “Carry on the business” I have commanded you to do.
    • This is directed at ALL the servants of Jesus.
  • What did Jesus come to do? What did He command us (all His servants) to do?
    • Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
    • Matt 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
    • Mark 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

The witnessing, teaching and preaching of the Gospel is the task that we must be about doing…

I love this! How many people will pass the responsibility to the preachers, or the teachers, using the excuse “I am not called to do either”? Well, these three commands cover EVERYONE, because ALL can be witnesses.

And notice here in Ezekiel 34- an indictment against those who were supposed to be doing this (preaching, teaching, witnessing) as shepherds over Israel.

  • Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
    • 3 times after this we read in the remainder of this chapter of judgment, and how it is reserved for all those who not only reject salvation, but refuse to offer it to others.

And also in 1 Peter…

1Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

  • I know this speaks of a period of time when the church will suffer much persecution (fiery trials), and that the context is one of suffering for purification.
  • But the suffering (this judgment) is brought on by being good and faithful and true servants to Jesus Christ by…
    • Living a life of rejecting this world
    • Promoting Christ and Denying sin
    • Living a life of unashamed holiness unto the Lord

Being GOOD and FAITHFUL servants is precisely what is rewarded n the parable in Luke 19.

Notice also the Nobleman calls HIS 10 servants and equips them equally, 1 pound each.

And, we are told that the servants reside in a kingdom where the citizens hate the Master. Does any of this sound familiar?

  • It is okay though, because
    • We as servants of Christ are ALL equipped, perfectly suited for the command given and able to accomplish His calling even though we are among a citizenry that hates Jesus.

It says so in the parable, we find two of the servants perfectly capable of excelling in the task, even in the mist of wicked men. One however, refused and brought forth no gain. This shows us the point of the parable.

  • Christ did not come to set up His kingdom at that time- His birth was brought about to bring salvation.
  • But He WILL return and He has given us a charge to PREACH, TEACH, and WITNESS the gospel until He returns.
  • The Good and Faithful will be rewarded- the wicked will be judged.

Well, I know some may think that is really “reaching”. It IS a parable after all. And Jesus says a “nobleman” went on a journey, not Himself. And I also realize that others may excuse laziness by saying the wicked servant, is still saved, he just loses his reward, as all that appears to happen is that his pound is given to another.

  • What of the similar parable in Matthew 25:14-30?
    • Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
      • Now we draw even closer to the truth of the matter, from a Nobleman (a ruler), to the kingdom of heaven… Why is this title familiar?
        • John the Baptist and Jesus both preached “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”…
        • Christ is the entrance into the kingdom of heaven!
    • Here in this parable we also find commands for the servants to work THE work given them by their master.
    • And again we see the reward given is due to being a GOOD and FAITHFUL servant to the will of the master.
    • We also see the actual judgment brought upon the wicked and slothful servant
      • Matthew 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
      • This is that place spoken often by Christ, that eternal destination for those who reject Him. This is everlasting damnation in hell.

I know, I know, this one too is told as a parable, but the next recounting is not given as a parable, hear the similarities.

Mark 13:31-37 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. 34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

  • Now truth revealed! From a Nobleman, to the kingdom of heave, to finally- the Son of Man is taking a far journey.
  • Here, see we are given our commands just as the parables announced: Take heed, watch, pray
  • And the responsibility? The talents, the pounds?
    • His house: We, every servant of Christ, are to watch over His house- we are His workmanship, His building, He is the foundation…
    • His authority: We are to live a life of authority over sin in our lives as we are dead to sin and alive to Christ! We are to speak boldly of the Gospel of Christ; the power of God unto salvation- we are to use the authority given to declare TRUTH!
    • His work: We, the servants of Jesus, are to occupy with the work He has given us until He returns.
    • And we are to remember, and declare the warning that HE IS RETURNING. First He came as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger, come to bring salvation unto all who would believe. Now He returns with reward and with judgment.

Do not let Him return to find you a wicked and slothful servant who is sleeping!

This is why Christmas affords a perfect opportunity to witness as to the REAL reason God became man.

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