Jesus Christ is real and has a special relationship with the world in which we live, though he was not of this world. He created it, he was sent to it, he died for it, and he had victory over it. Let us examine just how deep a relationship Jesus has with our world.
Jesus Was The Creator of the World
Jesus as the creator existed before the world (universe). We learn that all things came into being through Him (Jn 1:3) and that “all things” include the world (Jn 1:10). We read that Jesus was loved before the foundations of the earth; loved by the Father (Jn 17:25). Jesus is the eternal creator of the world. (Col 1:16,17)
Jesus Was Sent Into the World
All through the Old Testament we see that man was sinful, but God loved this world’s inhabitants and sent His Son into the world (in the earth and among men, Jn 3:16,17). The Scriptures state that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14). Just as the Christ was sent by the Father, the apostles were sent forth by the Son (Jn 17:11-6).
Jesus was a light in the world; He spoke in the world; and Jesus loved His own in the world. The light shone in the darkness and gave life to men. He was rejected and comprehended not by the world. The world did not know Him.
Moses had foretold that there would be a Prophet raised up (Deut. 18:15). Jesus is that Prophet (Jn 6:14). He came to tell the will of the Father. He came to teach in order that the world might believe (Jn 17:21). He condemned the ruler of this world, that is, Satan (Jn 12:31 cf; 14:30; 16:18). He claimed that He would leave this world (Jn 13:1) and showed that He was not of the world. All this He taught openly in the world, as He reported to Pilate (Jn 18:20).
Jesus was a man as we are, and had human compassion. He wept at the burial place of Lazarus (Jn 11:35). Though not of earthly origin, He showed His humanity when He thought about leaving this world. He loved His own people and was saddened to think that He would leave them behind (Jn 13:1).
Jesus Was Not of the World
Although Jesus taught in the world, He made it clear in His teaching that He was not of this world. He taught that His disciples, His peace, His kingdom, and His Spirit were not of this world (Jn 14:17, 27 cf; 17:6-25; 18:36). When Jesus spoke to the Jews (Jn 8:23), He said, “. . . you are of this world; I am not of this world.” Jesus was from above. He proclaimed and established spiritual things (Mt. 16:18-20).
Jesus Victory Over the World
Reviewing these relations with the world, we see Jesus in action against the evil forces that have taken over. Yet during the struggle, Jesus knew the outcome. He spoke plainly to His disciples and told them that they should not fear. We can apply this to ourselves. We should not fear in this world. Why? Because Jesus foretold us: “In Me you have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33).
Conclusion: In the season of so many celebrating the birth of Jesus, it is imperative to know why Jesus came into this world. Jesus came to bear witness of the truth (Jn 18:37). He spoke the truth of God (Jn 8:45). Jesus was a “martyr” for the truth in every sense of the word. He gave witness to it and even laid down His life for it. He spoke the truth. Let’s face it, He was the way, truth and the life! (Jn 14:6)
Jesus was the “light of the world,” “This is the judgment, that the light is come into the world.” Jesus says, “For judgment I came into the world. . .” (Jn 9:39).
What was His true motive for coming into the world? Jesus said, “for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” Behold! The Savior (Jn 4:42)! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29)! With these names, let us not forget the eternal life that is given by the light (Jn 3:17). Jesus brought remission of sins, and eternal life to mankind!
Jesus created the world, He was sent to the world and lived here proclaiming the Message of God. He was in the world, but was not of the world. He came to bear witness of the truth, to judge, to seek and to save the world. If the world truly wants to celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ, they will not merely remember his birth, but the great sacrifice he gave to all mankind by laying down his life freely. If we truly love Jesus, we will obey the will of His Father. (Jn 14:15 f; Mt 7:21) It is the will of the Father that all obey the gospel of Christ, and God is not willing that any should perish. Jesus commanded the doctrine of His Father which was preached unto all the world. (Jn 7:16,17) This gospel required that all believe Jesus was the Christ and that such be confessed before men; (Rom 10:9,10)It required that all repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) It required that all Christians remain faithful unto death, even as Jesus was faithful unto death. (Rev 2:10)
Get to know the real Jesus, and not the vain imaginations of those who call him Lord, Lord, but do not the things which he said. Truly, Jesus was not born on Christmas day, but he was born into this world nevertheless. (Lk 2:1-14) Jesus, with the greatest love of all, died for his friends, and his friends are they who do whatsoever he commanded them to do. (Jn 15:13,14) Jesus commanded that all believe and be baptized in order to be saved. (Mk 16:16) Jesus is no fairytale, he is the real deal. Remember this, Jesus will be coming back one day, and he will be checking his list for all who are naughty or nice. The naughty, who reject the gospel, will be punished in an everlasting hell, and the nice, who obey HIS GOSPEL, shall be saved eternally in heaven. (2 Thess 1:7-10)