“Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come—it is written about me in the scroll (or ‘volume of the book it is written’ KJV). I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” – Psalm 40:7,8
Although David wrote these words, they go far beyond any of his own experiences. By divine inspiration he penned the very words of the coming Messiah, whose arrival had already been written down in God’s eternal Word. These words are quoted as Messianic by the writer of Hebrews: “Then when Christ came into the world He said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will O God’” (Hebrews 10:7). Here is one of the infinite purposes revealing God’s plan in becoming man at the incarnation—to do the will of the Triune God planned before the foundation of the world!
(1 Peter 1:18-20). Notice verse 20 “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”
Carve out some time to prayerfully reflect on these wonderful truths concerning the reason Jesus came…
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
“For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” – Luke 19:10
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”- I John 3:8
“…The Lord God will give him (Jesus) the throne of David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” – Luke 1:32
As you consider the above verses, ask the Holy Spirit to impress some specific actions you can take with regard to each specific truth. For example:
This past summer, I was at one of our grandson’s games. A man came up to me and asked what I had been up to since transitioning from the church. I shared how I had been mentoring men but he surprisingly changed the subject to what I thought heaven would be like! He went on to describe how his Dad’s recent death had impacted him and how he felt his Dad was watching his son play baseball even in that moment. He asked what I thought about that?
We went on to have a great dialogue about what the Bible teaches about the afterlife. Recently, I gave him Randy Alcorn’s, In Light of Eternity and am looking forward to more fruitful conversations. There is much more I could share about what God is doing in this man’s life, but the point is: Christ came to seek and to save the lost and He wants to use you and I to do just that. Will you respond to His invitation to reach out to “not-yet-Christian” people this Christmas season? Allow the heart of Jesus for others to guide you this Christmas.