January 10, 2014

Why Did Jesus Come into the World?

While reading the Gospel of John recently, it occurred to me that if someone asked me why Jesus came, I could easily answer in human words, but the Spirit prompted me to search the Scriptures so I would be able to answer them with God’s Word.  How would I answer, and what Scriptures would I share to give them a true and wise answer?

Jesus came into the world to bring life and light.   John 20:31 says, “These things are written that you might believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that believing you might have life through His name.”  The very reason that John wrote the Gospel of John was to present Christ as God’s Son, and he wanted to present Him so that you and I might believe in Him, and that by believing we might have life.   “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).

Jesus came to the world to bring life and light.   “In Him was life, and the life was the light of Men” (John 1:4).  That’s why Christ came, to give life.  Fifty-four times in John’s Gospel, he talks about life and twenty-one times he says Christ is the life.  Jesus said, “I’m come that you might have life.”  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  “He that hath the Son has life.”  “And the life was the light of men.”

The harrowing reality however is “…that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).  Jesus came to be a light to show the way to life, and people have preferred darkness because they have not wanted to see their sinful state.  Christ is the life and the light of God.  He is the source of our physical and spiritual life.  In Him is life.  May we not turn away from that blessed light and life, but instead, may all men turn away from darkness and death to the present abundant life and future glorious eternal life that Jesus came to give.

Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost.  “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).  

Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15)  “Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Jesus Christ came into the world to call sinners to repentance.  “When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance’” (Mark 2:17). 

Jesus came into the world to demonstrate the true purpose of life and give Himself as a ransom.  “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

Jesus Christ came into the world to be a King and bear witness to the truth.  “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”  Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth.  Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:27).

Jesus came into the world to do the will of His father.  “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

Jesus Christ came into the world that men might have the Abundant Life.  “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Jesus came into the world to redeem us from sin and to purify us for Himself.  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11)

Jesus came into the world to judge the world.  “And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind” (John 9:39).  “His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17).

Jesus Christ came into the world to proclaim or preach the Good News about the Kingdom of God.  “But He said to them, ‘Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth’” (Mark 1:38).

Jesus came into the world to die on the cross.  “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour’” (John 12:27).

Jesus Christ came into the world to fulfill the law. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17).

 Jesus Christ came into the world to be a Divider of men. 
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’” (Matthew 10:34-35).

 Jesus Christ came into the world as a demonstration of God’s Love. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Jesus Christ came into the world because the Father sent Him. ”So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).

  • The Father SENT Jesus to be the Propitiation (atonement) for our sins.  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
  • The Father SENT Jesus and gave Jesus as the Saviour of the world.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
  • The Father SENT Jesus to bless us by turning us from our iniquities.  “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities” (Acts 3:26).
  • The Father SENT His Son to redeem us from the curse of the law.  “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).
  • God SENT His Son to make possible a new power in the hearts of men, a power to enable him to fulfill the righteousness of the law.  “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin:  He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3-4).