“For What Reason?”
1 Kings 17: 18: “So she said to Elijah, ‘What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance, and to put my son to death!’” This was not the reason Elijah came to the widow of Zarephath, and, contrary to the belief of some, it was not the reason Christ came to mankind. He reminds us of our sins only to offer forgiveness of them, and he desires the death only of our sorrow, poverty, and hopelessness. That’s why He came, and that’s why we celebrate His coming so vigorously every year at this time!