Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation {An Advent Devotional}

Why Christ Came

It’s that time of year when my thoughts begin to turn to the fast approaching Advent season.

Our family, from youngest to oldest, looks forward all year to Advent and the special things we do together to recognize the season and prepare our hearts for Christmas. It’s kind of a hobby of mine to collect devotionals and resources we can use to help us focus on the season.

One of my most recent acquisitions is Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation. This little devotional is a unique twist on the usual. Instead of just focusing on the Christmas story as told in the Gospels, it delves into all of Scripture to show how essential the incarnation is and why Christ came.

From the publisher’s description:

“When thinking about Christ’s birth, we often focus our attention on Luke’s detailed gospel account. But to appreciate the main point of the story—that the eternal Son of God assumed our flesh-and-blood human nature—we need to learn from the rest of the Bible why Christ came to earth.”

The 31 short devotions each focus on a different reason why Christ came:

  • To Do the Will of the Father
  • To Save Sinners
  • To Bring Light to a Dark World
  • To Be Made Like His People
  • To Bear Witness to the Truth
  • To Destroy the Works of the Devil
  • To Give Eternal Life
  • To Receive Worship
  • To Bring Great Joy
  • To Demonstrate True Humility
  • To Preach the Gospel
  • To Bring Judgment
  • To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
  • To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
  • To Reveal God’s Love for Sinners
  • To Call Sinners to Repentance
  • To Die
  • To Seek and Save the Lost
  • To Serve
  • To Bring Peace
  • To Bring a Sword
  • To Bind Up Broken Hearts
  • To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
  • To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
  • To Reign as King
  • To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
  • To Be a Faithful and Merciful High Priest
  • To Be the Second and Greater Adam
  • To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
  • To Be Loved by God’s Children
  • To Reveal God’s Glory

Each reading begins with a verse or two that highlights one of the reasons, then elaborates for several pages, fleshing out that particular reason for Christ’s incarnation. The readings are short (the entire book is just 90 pages long!), but they are meaty! Beeke and Boekestine delve into some deep theology, yet it’s still very readable! They also make use of the the Heidelberg Catechism to illustrate their points, which I really appreciated! It’s devotional, with profound theological instruction woven in.

I love that the book focuses on much more than just the baby in the manger. Christ’s birth is not just an isolated event. We need to understand it’s significance to all that came before and after! The authors rightly point out that:

“Sadly, many who vehemently argue the need to ‘keep Christ in Christmas’ can probably say very little about the reality and practical significance of the incarnation. Learning the reasons for Christ’s advent will help us more deeply celebrate His birth, allow us to see more clearly how it is connected with the rest of His ministry, and help us understand it’s importance for our lives.”

We’ll definitely be adding this to our lineup of Advent readings this year! While it’s a bit much for the younger kids, the older kids and parents will really gain from the book’s perspective, learning important truths about the incarnation while readying our hearts to celebrate the event that realized it!

Why Christ Came is an excellent Advent devotional for teens and up, and I’m adding it to my list of recommended resources for the season!

You can read more about how and why our family celebrates Advent here

What are some of your favorite Advent devotionals and resources?

Thanks so much to Reformation Heritage Books and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with an ebook copy of this title for review purposes. I was not compensated and was not required to give a positive review. 

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  1. Great resource – thanks for the recommendation. I think it’s great to spend some time reflecting on the way the Old Testament points to Christ and how He fulfilled so many prophecies.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel
    Mel Caldicott recently posted…How to Meditate on Scripture (and Allow God’s Word to Change Your Life!)My Profile

  2. I totally agree! It’s so important to see beyond the baby in the manger. I’ve never read that particular devotional book, but I will definitely look for it. Thanks for sharing.
    Alli recently posted…Does God Ever Say No?My Profile

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