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Why Did He Do It?

October 21, 2017

 

 

 

The great truth revealed in the New Testament is that God became one of us; He became a human being. His name was Jesus.

 

And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

 

Jesus Came in the Flesh

 

God became a human in Jesus Christ. This is known as the "incarnation." Incarnation means, "in flesh." Although it is not a biblical word it presents a biblical truth. Jesus is the eternal God who became flesh and blood. Jesus [God] became a man. Without giving up being God. "In flesh" means more than Jesus had a physical body - He was a complete human personality.

 

Jesus Took on A New Nature

 

By this we do not mean that God was turned into a human or that Jesus ceased to be God while he was a man. The incarnation means that while remaining God, Jesus took upon a new nature - a human nature. He was fully a man while He walked on earth.

 

Jesus Laid Aside His Heavenly Glory

 

In becoming a human being Jesus laid aside His heavenly glory to live among us. The question is, why did He do it? The Scriptures give us several reasons why Jesus came to earth.

 

 

1. He Wanted to Further Reveal God to Humanity

 

The first reason was to give a further revelation of God to humanity. If you wish to know what God is like you need only to look at Jesus. Jesus Himself said,

 

"Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?

John 14:9

 

This verse teaches that Jesus explained God to humanity. We need no longer wonder what God is like; Jesus shows us. Want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus.

 

When God revealed Himself to humankind in the Old Testament the revelation was incomplete. There were many things that waited till God Himself came to earth as Jesus. Thus, Jesus revealed God to humanity in a personal way.

 

2. Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law

 

Jesus said,

 

‘Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Matthew 5:17

 

By living a perfect life here upon the earth Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law in every respect. Why is this important? Because Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law, you and I don’t have to!

 

Read that again.

 

This is the wonderful news of the Bible. The Old Testament Law required all of us to be as perfect and holy as God Himself. Obviously, an impossible task. Knowing it was impossible for us, God the Father sent God the Son to earth to fulfill the Law for us – that is, live a perfect life FOR us.

 

Jesus did that for us! That’s what He meant when He said, I did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it.

 

There is only one thing left for us to do. Believe that Jesus is who He said He is and that He died in our place and then rose again. THAT’S IT! Once you do, you are free of the Law!

 

For those who do not believe this, the Law is still in place for them and their only option is to be as perfect and holy as God. Remember, Jesus said He came to fulfill it, not abolish it. But why would you chose that?

 

3. Jesus Came to Die for The Sins Of The World

 

When sin entered the world, God instituted the concept of substitutionary sacrifice where God required a sacrifice to die. However, the sacrifices of animals could not take away sin. What was needed was a perfect sacrifice. This happened with God becoming a human being. Jesus coming to die on the cross for the sins of the world.

 

Again, Jesus testified,

 

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

 

His death on the cross has paid the penalty for ours sins. He died in our place so that we do not have to suffer eternally for our misdeeds. WOW! THANK YOU, JESUS!!!!

 

Jesus Christ came into the world to become humanity's Savior. Let me be blunt: Without His coming we would all be screwed. But He did come!

 

4. Jesus Came to Bring in A New Covenant

 

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins"

Matthew 26:26-28

 

This is what we just talked about in a different way. The old way [covenant] to God’s acceptance was through being perfect and keeping a bunch of rules and rituals. Jesus is saying the NEW way is through believing in Him because His blood was our payment.

 

Can I say it again? WOW! AWESOME! WHEW! THANK YOU, JESUS! PRAISE YOUR MIGHTY NAME! BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!!

 

5. Jesus Came to Be an Example for Believers

 

This is so crucial for us to understand but it seems a lot of Christians have overlooked this point.

 

Jesus also came to provide an example for the believer on how to live one's life. When a person puts his faith in Christ he has an example to follow. Jesus lived the perfect life as the perfect man with faith in His Father. Therefore, we are told, "to walk just as He walked".

 

Jesus Christ provides the pattern of how we who follow Him should live.

 

6. And most importantly, Jesus Came to Reconcile us to His Father.

 

This was Father God’s purpose all along. As wonderful as Jesus coming and shedding His blood on our behalf so that all who believe that would not have to pay the penalty themselves, it was only a means to an end.

 

That is not to say that Jesus’ death was not important, not at all. It just wasn’t the ultimate purpose. The ultimate purpose of God’s plan was for us to reconciled back to Him. For more on this, read the 9 posts on this site regarding the story of the prodigal son. On the home page, scroll down to ‘Categories’ and click on ‘Father’.

 

But why did we need to be reconciled? Ever since sin entered the world with Adam and Eve, we have been separated from God because He cannot look on sin nor can a sinful being enter the presence of God without being destroyed. We could not go directly to the Father.

 

We were created by God to enjoy time and fellowship with Him. Father wants this very much and missed it dearly. So, He created a plan to have us reunited with Him. And that reuniting is available to all who believe in Jesus.

 

So you see, it is ONLY through belief in Jesus that we be reunited with God, come to Him and enjoy His presence.

 

Can I say it again? WOW! AWESOME! WHEW! THANK YOU, JESUS! PRAISE YOUR MIGHTY NAME! BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!!

 

 

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