Why did Jesus Come to Earth?
By John Weaver
May 1, 2018
How would you respond if someone were to ask you the following two questions: Why do you think Jesus came to earth, and in what way did you personally benefit from it?
Most of the answers I’d receive would probably revolve around the idea that Jesus came to earth to take away our sins. While this is correct, and praise God that it is, it is only partially right. As wonderful as it is to have Jesus take away our sins, he came to earth to do a lot more than just that. Let’s take some time to look at a few more of reasons that Jesus gave his life on earth so many years ago.
First, in Matthew we read that Mary was told she would bring forth a son. She was told to name her son Jesus because He would “save His people from their sins.” Just as most people assume, one of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to save us from our sins. Not only did He come to save us from our sins, but He also came to give us power to become the children of God and to give us the ability to stop living in our sins as lost and unsaved.
Another reason that Jesus came and gave His life on earth was to redeem us. Redeem means to vindicate or to set free. In my lifetime, I have seen many people who were bound in sins and strongholds; these people longed to be free, but there were demons controlling their lives. In spite of all of their human efforts, they continued to be bound; the name of Jesus was the only thing that could eventually set them free. Today, because of His power, these same people are able to walk in complete freedom. When we walk with Jesus in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
After a person is redeemed, Jesus will give restoration. The Bible says that “He leadeth me beside the still waters; he restoreth my soul…” To restore means to bring back to a previous condition after having been left to deteriorate. Sometimes, a person will buy an old, junky vehicle, and with much labor, effort, and time, they are able to restore what most would see as a piece of junk into a beautiful new usable work of art. In the same way, after Jesus takes away our past sins, He saves us from our sins, redeems us, and restores us!
Restoring a vehicle is certainly a labor of love. A person must see beyond the rust and deterioration; he must see a finished product in the future that is worth all the labor and effort it takes to get to that point. In the same way, Jesus also sees us as a labor of love; no one ever put as much time and effort into a restoration project as Jesus did for me and you.
Another reason Jesus came to earth was to take away the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13 says, “For Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.” Jesus gave us the ability to no longer live under the law and to instead live in grace.
Finally, Jesus came to earth to re-establish a relationship with God; He became our mediator. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” A mediator is a go-between person or a reconciler; he is a person, who brings two parties together. This is exactly what Christ did for us when he died on the cross.
Wow! Thank you, Lord Jesus. I am sure there are many more reasons that you and I benefit from Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. I have found it to be a great inspiration in my daily walk to simply say: “Thank you Jesus, for what you did for me.” Today, instead of just focusing on being thankful for having my sins forgiven, I can also be grateful for lots more.
I have just one more thought in closing. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:4). At this meeting, we become joint heirs with Christ. Think on that thought for a minute.
I recently updated and made changes to my will. One thing, however, that always stays the same is that my children are my joint heirs. They are to receive equally, not because they earned it, but because they are my children. In the same way, we are joint heirs with Christ. This truth tells me one thing: God sees us as equal sons and daughters, equal to His only begotten son Himself.
Wonderful. Thank you, Lord!
— John Weaver
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