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Why Did God Send Jesus?

An appropriate question to ask at this time of year is, why did God send His Son to earth? I want to persuade you this evening that God sent Jesus to earth to bless you. He is offering you this evening blessings beyond what you now enjoy. And if you will move toward him in faith, if you will believe his good will toward you and make it your hope and treasure, then you will receive the blessing of the Lord appointed for you. What this passage teaches us this evening is that God sent Jesus into the world to bless people. You can see this in verses 25 and 26: And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways. So God’s blessing is mentioned twice. In verse 26 it says explicitly that God sent Jesus to the people of Israel to bless them. And when it says that God sent him to Israel first, it means that he will send the blessing on to others after that. Verse 25 makes plain that this was God’s aim in the covenant he made with Abraham: “Through your offspring all the peoples on earth will be blessed.” Blessing for the Jews and then blessing for all the peoples—and that includes you. So I say this evening that God is moving toward you with blessing. You are in verse 25. It doesn’t matter that 2000 years have passed. With God a thousand years is as a day. With him it is as though he made this promise two days ago. That’s how fresh the blessing for you is this evening. If you will move toward him this evening in faith you will receive the blessing. That is what Easter is all about. Now the word “blessing” today is not an exciting word. It feels for many people unreal, vague, and a kind of religious jargon that doesn’t seem to have any real meaning to it. So let me unpack three things in this text that are part of the blessing God has for you this evening. When God sent his servant Jesus, what blessing did he bring? What does Easter mean in this text? First, Jesus’ coming is a blessing because it proves the truthfulness of God.