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Thinking of God with Larry Sheehy: 'Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?'
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Larry Sheehy

In 1892, J.G. Dailey wrote the beautiful hymn with a beautiful theme: "Why Did My Savior Come to Earth?" It's a hymn that speaks simply yet eloquently of the motivation for the Gospel of Christ - the love of God. Please think briefly about the Scriptural background for this song of worship.

Verse 1: "Why did my Savior come to earth/ And to the humble go?/ Why did he choose a lowly birth?/ Because he loved me so/"

Of course, Jesus didn't come just for the poor, though they hold a special place in his heart. Humility is expressed in ways other than poverty, but it is one of the important ones. Note these passages from James, the brother of the Savior:

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction" (James 1:27).

"Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?" (James 2:5)

Jesus came to earth on our behalf, choosing to present himself is a fashion that could hardly be more humble. He did this for the simple reason that he loves us so.

Verse 2: "Why did he drink the bitter cup/ Of sorrow, pain and woe?/ Why on the cross be lifted up?/ Because he loved me so/"

Knowing the suffering he would endure, Jesus asked the apostles James and John, "Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?" (Matthew 20:22)

In the garden, Jesus prayed at least three times for his father to allow him to not have to drink from that cup of suffering (Matthew 26).

Verse 3: "Till Jesus comes I'll sing his praise/ And then to glory go/ And reign with him through endless days/ Because he loved me so/"

The praise of God is the greatest blessing we have in this life, and it will continue in our life with him in the glory of heaven. The apostle John was given a vision of what the glory of heaven will be: "No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 22:3-5).

Refrain: "He loved me so, he loved me so/ He gave his precious life for me, for me/ Because he loved me so/"

The life of Christ on earth couldn't be more precious, and one of the greatest of reasons is that for which he came - because he loved us. God help us to respond to his love every day in faithful obedience to his will.

 

 

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