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Why On Earth Did Jesus Come?

By John Blanchard
April 2010 | Review by Pam Newton

Synopsis

For many people, it is difficult to imagine Christmas without a whirlwind of giving and receiving presents. Yet millions who are delighted to accept gifts, large or small, refuse to accept the greatest gift ever offered - and one that can be theirs at any time of the year. Here it is: 'The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord' (Romans 6:23). To grasp the true meaning of Christmas we need to see beyond the tinsel and the trimmings, the parties and the presents, the food and the fun. We need to fix our minds on the fact that Jesus did not come into the world as a diplomat, a politician, an economist, a psychologist or a scientist, but as a Saviour. He came to solve our greatest problem and to bring us into a living relationship with God that will transform our lives here and now and enrich them in heaven for ever.

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852347065
  • Pages: 40
  • Price: £2.28
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Book Review

Attractively produced, this publication sets out to explain, in a lively manner, the true facts of the Christmas story. It tackles some of the myths and legends which have grown up over the years and shows the reader the true ‘reason for the season’.

The first half of the booklet covers the historical background and facts of the conception and birth of Jesus as given in the Bible. Different aspects are dealt with under various headings and in the one entitled ‘The sceptics’ the author answers common objections to such matters as the virgin birth (the item ‘Mistakes about Mary’ is perhaps an unnecessary addition here).

The second half is concerned with setting out for the reader just who Jesus was, and is, and why he came to earth. The booklet concludes with an explanation of the true meaning of Christmas — that Jesus came to save his people from their sins — and how the reader can receive this wonderful Christmas gift.

The booklet’s clear intention is to reach out to those who are unsaved and to this end many thousands of copies have been distributed to homes and given to individuals over the Christmas period of 2009.

The text is well supported by biblical texts and references to early writers, as well as more recent publications. These writers and their works are listed at its end.

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