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Why Christ Came by Joel R. Beeke & William Boekestein


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. (From the Publisher’s Website)


“Traditionally, at Christmastime we think about the story of Christ’s birth. It feels like Christmas when we picture Joseph and Mary, the shepherds, the angels, and the manger containing the Christ child. But to appreciate the magnitude of 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.” (From the Preface)


Every year around Christmastime, I go in search of a good devotional for advent. Some focus on the major players of the nativity. Some focus on culture and world events. Some focus on what this means to me. In Why Christ Came, Joel Beeke and William Boekestein focus on Christ and His mission.

The incarnation is a marvellous event celebrated around the globe every December 25th. But how many of those celebrants know what they are really celebrating? This book does not exhaust the topic but it does give us 31 meditations on why the incarnation took place.

This book is set up in 31 readings making it perfect for the month of December. But this is no shallow devotional. It is packed with sound doctrine. I read each chapter in the morning and continued to meditate on it throughout the day. The yield from such meditation was a stronger sense of what Christmas truly means.

I appreciate very much this little book and highly recommend it. Whether you are looking for a good book for advent or a good devotional or a book to help you understand the first coming of Christ, this book is for you. May you be richly blessed as you read it.


  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

Book Details:

  • Author: Joel R. Beeke & William Boekestein

  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books

  • Format: Paperback

  • Page Count: 108

  • ISBN#: 9781601782687

  • List Price: $12.00

About the Author:

Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

William Boekestein is Pastor of Covenant Reformed Church in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

Where to Buy:

Disclaimer: I received this book from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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