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The Messiah Has Come

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

You may remember the hymn “Why Did My Savior Come To Earth?”, written by J. G. Dailey in 1892. Have you ever stopped for a moment to consider this very question?

We live in a time that seems so divided, a generation where there seems to be so much pain and hurt. Where so many seem to be filled with doubt and confusion. Where the question is asked, “Who can be trusted?” I don’t know if this time is much different than times past. It seems if we are not careful, each generation can lose direction and purpose. How about us? Do we struggle with purpose, do we have times of doubt? Have we experienced pain and hurt? Why did my Savior come to earth? As Mr. Dailey recorded “Why did my Savior come to earth? Why to the humble go? Why choose a lowly birth?” The chorus, as he penned, says, “Because He loved me so.” This simple truth is difficult to understand but it is one we desperately need to know today.

As the Old Testament closes, it does so with a promise and hope of expectation. “Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3: 1). The Old Testament closes with the expectation of a prophet who would come to prepare the way of the Lord. It closes with the expectation and hope of a Messiah who was promised. It would be 400 years from these words, that God would bring them to fulfillment through the voice of “one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as the prophet Isaiah said.” (ref. John 1: 23). As we step into this moment in time through God’s Word, we step on a stage prepared for the coming Messiah. The expectation has been building as people were searching for the Messiah.

In the Gospel of Luke, we pick up the story of Jesus at His baptism. The Bible tells us that when Jesus was baptized by John the immerser, heaven itself was opened (ref. Luke 3: 21). “And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Luke 3: 22). Shortly following His baptism, Jesus being filled with the Holy Spirit, (ref. Lu