Why would Jesus leave the comfort of heaven, where He was God, and come to earth, where He would be mocked and killed? This question when answered will cause you to appreciate the love of God for mankind. And an understanding of the answer will help you hold unto your salvation in Christ. So, in this article, we will look at why Jesus came to the earth.
Jesus Came Into This World To:
1. Demonstrate God’s Love
One major reason why Jesus came into this world was for God to demonstrate His love for us. Such that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. For, He gave His Son Jesus that whoever will believe in Christ will not perish but have everlasting life.
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.
– John 3:16 (NKJV).
The state of the fallen man, full of shame and reproach, wasn’t pleasing to God. For it was contrary to what He purposed for man. For His plan was for man to subdue the earth and have dominion over all He created. Unfortunately, when Adam disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, this plan was thwarted. And the devil took the original place of man on earth, subduing and having dominion on earth.
However, the Lord’s love for man would not allow Him to leave man in a defeated state. And this is why He sent Jesus to restore man back to his original state of authority. However, man can only receive this when he reconnects to God through Christ Jesus.
2. Do The Will Of God And Fulfill The Old Testament
All through the Old Testament, the prophets prophesied about the coming of Christ: His birth, why He was to come, and what will be done to him. And all these were the will of the Father, which He spoke about through the prophets. Therefore, Jesus came to fulfill the law and in the process do the will of His Father.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come- In the volume of the book it is written of Me- To do Your will, O God.’
– Hebrews 10:7.NKJV).
Now, it is worth noting that if part of what the prophets said concerning Jesus happened, then whatever is remaining will also happen. And that includes Christ’s second coming.
3. Shed His Precious Blood
According to the law, without the shedding of blood, there will be no remission of sin. So, to remit our sins, blood must be shed. However, the blood of animals couldn’t do it. Rather, the sacrifices were yearly reminders of their sins. But God wanted to totally cancel the charges of sin against man. So, Christ’s blood had to be shed as a permanent solution to the remission of sin. And He did it once and for all, never to go through it again. So, by this one time sacrifice, we are justified and saved from God’s wrath.
4. Die On The Cross
Death on the cross was God’s plan for Christ. This is because anyone who hangs on the cross is cursed. And Christ needed to redeem the world from all the curses of the law. So, Christ took our place on the cross, and all the curses that were supposed to be ours came on Him. And when He died and rose again, He redeemed us from them all. As such anyone who receives Christ receives redemption from all curses and blessings of Abraham.
Also, Christ nailed all the handwriting of ordinances against us (which were contrary to us) on the cross. So, all the demands that were legally in force but hostile to us, Christ removed from the way and nailed them on the cross. Therefore, don’t allow any doctrine contrary to God’s word to cage you in. Though these practices have a form of wisdom, they don’t honour God.
5. Call Sinners To Repentance
The scripture says that the wages of sin is death. So, for you to be free of this imminent wage of sin, you need to repent of your sins. And this was what Jesus came to do; to call sinners to repentance that they may have eternal life.
I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
– Luke 5:32 (NKJV).
6. Save The World
The world is in gross darkness. And as the light, Christ came to save the world from this deep darkness. So that whoever believes in Him will not continue to live in darkness. For you will know the truth and the truth will make you free. For instance, when you know the truth that by the stripes of Jesus you were healed, sickness will leave you. This is because you will resist the sickness and it will flee from you.
7. Give Life In Abundance
Also, Christ came to give us life and to give it to us in abundance. Whereas, the devil came to steal. kill and destroy. Therefore, anything short of life in abundance is not the will of God for you. So, Christ came to give you, among other things, total health, success, and prosperity, etc., all in abundance.
8. Carry Out The Good News Of Salvation
Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, came to preach the gospel, heal the broken-hearted. Also, He came to set the captives free, give sight to the blind, and set at Liberty those oppressed of the enemy. Therefore, He came to ensure you are totally saved from the bondage of the enemy. This includes both spiritual and physical bondage. And this salvation He will perfect in you as you receive His gospel.
Jesus didn’t enter this world for the fun of being a human being. Rather, He came on a mission, which He fulfilled to the last letter. Also, He didn’t come to play, so we shouldn’t play with the finished work of Christ. Therefore, receive Christ, His Word, and be made perfectly whole.