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to the purpose of Jesus' birth.
Why Did Jesus Come?
The Bible gives numerous purposes for the coming of Jesus to this earth. I have found twenty-one.
1. He came to fulfill prophecy.
I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17).
Christ has become a servant . . . to confirm the promises given to the fathers (Romans 15:8).
2. He came to abolish the law.
Christ Jesus . . . is our peace . . . by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances (Ephesians 2:13-15).
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill . . . not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:17-18).
3. He came to seek the lost.
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
4. He came to save the lost.
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost (Matthew 18:11).
5. He came to serve.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45).
6. He came to give His life 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).
7. He came that men might have life more abundant.
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10).
8. He came to reveal the Father.
Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him (Matthew 11:27).
Jesus said to him, He who has seen Me has seen the Father (John 14:9).
9. He came to do the will of God.
Then He added, Look, I have come to do Your will (Hebrews 10:9).
10. He came to preach.
But He said to them, I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose (Luke 4:43).
11. He came to bring fire.
I have come to bring fire to the earth (Luke 12:49).
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire . . . He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:11-12).
12. He came to bring judgment.
And Jesus said, For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind (John 9:39).
Note with this verse Luke 12:14, John 3:17, and John 8:15 which says: I judge no man.
13. He came to be king.
Therefore Pilate said to Him, So You are a king? Jesus answered, You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world (John 18:37).
14. He came to bear witness to the truth.
For this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice (John 18:37).
15. He came to save sinners.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15).
16. He came into the world to be a faithful high priest.
That He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God (Hebrews 2:17).
17. He came to put away sin.
Now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26).
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins (I John 3:5).
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Compare John 1:35, Leviticus 16:20-22, Isaiah 53:6, II Corinthians 5:21.
18. He came to destroy the works of the devil.
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8).
Only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death (Hebrews 2:14).
Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. (John 12:31).
For the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30).
19. He came to send a sword.
Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household (Matthew 10:34-36).
20. He came to bear our sins.
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross (I Peter 2:24).
Christ . . . having been offered once to bear the sins of many (Hebrews 9:28).
21. He came to provide a pattern of holy living for Christians.
Since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps (I Peter 2:21).
Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29).
Dr. Roger Congdon is the Pastoral Advisor for The Teaching Home.
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