What if Jesus never came?
The first thing that would come to the mind of several persons concerning this question is that there would be no Christmas celebration. It is much more than that!
1. There would be no freedom from sin
“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.” – Galatians 4:4-5 NLT
The coming of Jesus wasn’t by accident. It was written by the prophets and highly anticipated by the Jews. Jesus came at the right time and the purpose of his coming was to purchase our freedom, to set us free from sin and destroy the powers of sin against us.
If Jesus never came, we would still have remained slaves to sin.
“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” – Romans 6:14 NLT
Jesus set us free from the requirements of the law and brought us into the freedom of God’s extravagant grace! He became sin that we might become the righteousness of God and by his death and burial, sin was dealt with once and for all.
2. God would still be far from us
“And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” – Galatians 4:6-7 NLT
Without Jesus, personal relationship with God would have been difficult and near impossible. There were men in the Old Testament who developed a personal relationship with God but it wouldn’t have been easy without Jesus. Only selected few would enjoy God’s presence at some level of intimacy.
Jesus reconciled us to God and by that reason, we became eligible for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us which is God’s way of being in us. We were no longer regarded as slaves but rather God’s children who are begotten by God’s word. We also became equal heirs with Christ.
“For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. Together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.” – Romans 8:16-17 NLT
3. The Devil would have thrived
“But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.” – 1 John 3:8-9 NLT
Sin is the work of the devil and Jesus came to destroy the nature of sin. Those who are in him will not go on living in sin. God’s spirit in us helps us live like Jesus, he produces the will in us and we simply respond to it by turning anyway from any lifestyle that doesn’t glorify God.
We know that sometimes a Christian can make mistakes or struggle with addictions because we are still in the flesh which has been corrupted by sin. However, God’s spirit keeps drawing us away and God’s word keeps renewing our minds until we are completely free in our minds.
“Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.” – Hebrews 2:14 NLT
The powerful of the devil has been broken forever by what Jesus did on the cross. We are saved out of darkness into God’s marvellous light!
4. There would have been no salvation for the world
“Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.” – 1 John 4:14-15 NLT
We weren’t just saved from sin individually. Salvation has been made available to anyone who believes that God sent Jesus to be the saviour of the world. We have not only received salvation but have God living inside of us.
It doesn’t matter who you are, regardless of what you have done or your background, salvation has been made available to all and sundry! In fact, in Christ, the gap between Jews and Gentiles has been closed because we all can come to God only by faith in Christ Jesus.
“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” – Acts of the Apostles 4:12 NLT
While salvation has been given to everyone, it must be believed and received before it becomes a tangible reality.
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9 NLT
5. There would have been no gift of eternal life
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.” – Ephesians 2:1 NLT
Before the coming of Jesus and his ultimate sacrifice on the cross, we were spiritually dead, we but Jesus didn’t just come with life, he is the life. He declared boldly “I am the way, the truth and the life…”
In John 3:16, we see that anyone who believes in Jesus receives the promise of eternal life which is sealed by the Holy Spirit. No one ever received that promise before the coming of Jesus as all were condemned to death as a result of sin.
As we celebrate Christmas, we must not get carried away by the celebrations but reflect all over again on the reason for the season. What if Jesus didn’t come? It’s not just Christmas that will be missing but we will also be missing the indwelling presence of God in us, salvation from sin and an intimate relationship with God, our father.