That Is Why Jesus Came!
December 14 2009 by D.E. Parkerson

“While I was walking on the face of the moon” are the words with which American astronaut James Irwin often began his talks. It was the kind of arresting opening that made his listeners want to hear more.

I have never had any desire to walk on the moon. I haven’t lost anything there that I want returned. But I admire Colonel Irwin’s courage for doing so. It had to be a thrill to look from the moon and see the earth suspended in space like an iridescent jewel.

Colonel Irwin often shared in his speeches that as he walked on the face of the moon the thought came to him: “Man walking on the moon — this is the greatest event of human history.” It was at this point, he would say, that he heard an inner voice speak to his heart, “I did something greater than that.  I walked on the earth!”

He often said in his speeches that he returned from the moon not to be a celebrity but as a servant of the Lord of the universe who came and walked on the earth in the person of Jesus Christ.

Christians celebrate each Christmas the event that split human history into B.C. and A.D. — the Incarnation — God taking upon Himself the form of human flesh — deity clothed in the garb of humanity — the Sovereign becoming the Savior.

Malcolm Muggeridge was correct when he said: “The coming of Jesus into the world is the most stupendous event of human history.” What the Old Testament character Job had prophesied — “He will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25) — came true.

Job’s prophecy of our Lord’s coming to earth can refer to either His incarnation or His second coming. Both represent the Son of God standing upon the earth. His first coming at Bethlehem was to rescue lost mankind from the power and penalty of sin. His second coming will be in mighty triumph.

During the First World War, a soldier in the trenches in Europe saw his friend wounded out in no-man’s land between his trench and the enemy’s line. He asked his officer, “May I go and bring Him back?”

His officer refused to give his permission. “If you go out to bring him back you will also likely be killed. Therefore, I cannot let you do that.”

But, disobeying his officer, he went out to save his friend. He managed to bring him back, only to fall mortally wounded as he staggered into his trench.

The officer was angry. “I told you not to go,” he said. “Now I have lost two good men. It was not worth it.” “But it was worth it, Sir, because when I got to him, he said, ‘Jim, I knew you would come.’” It was unspeakable love that brought Christ from heaven to earth on that first Christmas, then led Him out into the “no-man’s land” where a Roman cross awaited, there to be crucified that He might bring us back from death to life, from defeat to victory, from sin to salvation.

That is why Jesus came over 2,000 years ago! And it is why He is coming again!

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Parkerson is a native of Georgia, a graduate of Mercer University (B.A.), Southeastern Seminary (M. Div. and Th.M.), and Campbell University  (D.D.). He has served as pastor of one church in Georgia and five churches in North Carolina. Following retirement as pastor of the First Baptist Church in Sanford on September 30, 1996, he has served nine North Carolina churches as interim pastor. His column, The Paper Pulpit, has appeared weekly in a few newspapers and other publications since 1958.  He and his wife, Jessie, live in Wilmington near their daughter and family.)
12/14/2009 9:01:00 AM by D.E. Parkerson | with 1 comments

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