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Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation

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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. Why did Christ come? In this book, thirty-one thoughtful meditations answer this vital question, and the answers encourage us to celebrate Christ’s birth more deeply, see more clearly how it is connected with the rest of His ministry, and recognize its importance for our lives.

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Table of Contents:

  1. To Do the Will of the Father
  2. To Save Sinners
  3. To Bring Light to a Dark World
  4. To Be Made Like His People
  5. To Bear Witness to the Truth
  6. To Destroy the Works of the Devil
  7. To Give Eternal Life
  8. To Receive Worship
  9. To Bring Great Joy
  10. To Demonstrate True Humility
  11. To Preach the Gospel
  12. To Bring Judgment
  13. To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
  14. To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
  15. To Reveal God's Love for Sinners
  16. To Call Sinners to Repentance
  17. To Die
  18. To Seek and Save the Lost
  19. To Serve
  20. To Bring Peace
  21. To Bring a Sword
  22. To Bind Up Broken Hearts
  23. To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
  24. To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
  25. To Reign as King
  26. To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
  27. To Be a Faithful and Merciful High Priest
  28. To Be the Second and Greater Adam
  29. To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
  30. To Be Loved by God's Children
  31. To Reveal God's Glory



Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.

William Boekestein (M.Div., Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Immanuel Fellowship Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has written numerous articles and several books.



“Can anything new be said about Christ’s incarnation?  Actually, a lot of old things that we may have forgotten!  Like a multifaceted diamond, the question ‘Why did the eternal Son become man?’ admits a variety of answers.  Probing some of those with wisdom bathed in the Scriptures is what makes this devotional guide so rich.  It will be part of our family’s Advent devotions and, I hope, a source of blessing for many others.”

— Michael Horton, professor of theology at Westminster Seminary California and cohost of the White Horse Inn