Have you ever wondered why Jesus came to earth in the first place? As we explore the Bible, we find that Christ was sent for a multitude of important purposes according to God's divine plan. Jesus aimed to carry out the will of the Father, provide salvation for sinners, bring light into darkness, fulfill Messianic prophecy, and much more. Understanding the biblical reasons behind Christ's mission gives us insight into God's love and the unfolding of His redemptive plan for humanity.
Jesus Came to Do the Will of the Father
One of the primary reasons Jesus came to earth was to carry out the will of God the Father. Jesus Himself declared that He sought to do not His own will, but the will of the One who sent Him.
"For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." (John 6:38)
What does this mean? Essentially it means that Christ's purpose was aligned with the Father's divine plan for the redemption of humanity. Jesus submitted Himself fully to God's intentions and aimed to carry out the Father's perfect will.
Numerous times in the Gospels we see Jesus living out this purpose. When tempted in the wilderness, Jesus chose obedience to God's will rather than fulfilling His own desires. He declared His aim was to do the Father's work.
"My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." (John 4:34)
Jesus also sought the Father's will in times of great distress, such as in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed, "Not My will, but Yours, be done." (Luke 22:42). This reveals Jesus' overarching intent to carry out the Father's redemptive mission, no matter the cost.
In summary, Jesus came to prioritize and perfectly accomplish the will of the Father. He did this throughout His earthly life, ministry, and ultimately through His sacrificial death on the cross.
Jesus Came to Save Sinners
Another primary purpose for Christ's coming was to provide salvation for sinful humanity. Jesus Himself said:
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10)
The Bible clearly teaches that all people have sinned and fall short of God's perfect standard (Romans 3:23). Every human heart is inclined toward evil and in desperate need of redemption.
Into this broken world stepped Jesus Christ - the perfect sacrifice to atone for the sins of humanity. As John the Baptist declared:
"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29)
Jesus accomplished salvation by giving His flawless life as an offering for our sin through His death on the cross. He took the punishment that we deserved so that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life. The apostle Paul summarized it this way:
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Without Jesus' sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection, we would remain forever separated from God with no hope of redemption. But thankfully, Christ came to provide the way of salvation for spiritually lost sinners!
Jesus Came to Bring Light to a Dark World
In addition to providing salvation, Jesus also came to bring revelation of God to a spiritually dark world. The apostle John called Christ "the true Light" that came to shine amidst profound darkness.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5)
What did Jesus reveal through His life, ministry, and teachings?
He revealed the light of truth. Jesus declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6). Through Christ, we see the truth of who God is and how we can be reconciled to Him.
He revealed the light of grace. Time and again Jesus demonstrated scandalous grace, loving the unlovable, and giving hope to the outcast. His gracious treatment of sinners flew in the face of self-righteous religious norms.
He revealed the light of love. Christ's compassion toward the hurting and despised reflected the very heart of God. His willingness to suffer and die for humanity radiated divine love.
He revealed the light of hope. Jesus' resurrection from the dead provides lasting hope of new life, both now and for eternity. The light of Christ offers hope to everyone, regardless of background, religious status, or sin.
Jesus came as the Light of the World, piercing the profound darkness of sin, deception, and despair. Through Him, the radiance of God's truth, grace, love and hope shine brilliantly.
Jesus Came to Fulfill Messianic Prophecy
Another important reason Jesus came was to fulfill the many prophecies written about the promised Messiah in the Old Testament. The Scriptures foretold key details about the Savior:
- His birthplace (Micah 5:2)
- His miracle working (Isaiah 35:5-6)
- His rejection (Isaiah 53:3)
- His suffering and death (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53)
- His resurrection (Psalm 16:10)
Jesus perfectly fulfilled each prophecy about the coming Messiah. Here are some examples:
He was born in Bethlehem, just as Micah 5:2 foretold about the Ruler of Israel 700 years prior.
He healed the sick, lame, and blind as Isaiah 35 predicted of the Messiah.
Though Jesus was rejected by men, this too matched Isaiah 53's prophecy about the Suffering Servant.
Christ's crucifixion precisely aligned with Psalm 22's graphic portrayal of the agony and mocking the Messiah would endure.
Just as the prophets foresaw, Jesus rose from the dead three days after His crucifixion, conquering the grave once and for all.
The incredible fulfillment of so many specific prophecies in Jesus' life, ministry, death, and resurrection reveals His clear identity as the promised Messiah. No one else in history can match the picture of the coming Savior painted in the Hebrew Scriptures.
As Jesus declared to His disciples after the resurrection:
"These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures." (Luke 24:44-45)
In short, by perfectly fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, Jesus clearly demonstrated He was the long-awaited Savior sent by God. His life stands as the ultimate evidence that He is the Christ.