Why Jesus Came
Is there a deeper significance to why He came?
, by Emmanuel Higgins
Why did Jesus come to earth as a man? Why did He allow Himself to suffer so much pain and humiliation? To redeem us from our sins, I hear you say. Yes! Absolutely, but there's a deeper significance to why He came.
In John chapter 17, Jesus prays a most beautiful prayer to His heavenly father.
"These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." - John 17:1-3
As we know, Jesus came to give us life, eternal life! Notice, however, the last verse above. What is life eternal? It is that we might know the only true God and Jesus Christ.
Yes, Jesus came to cleanse us from sin and give us a new life etc... but how could we say that in different words? From the above text?
Jesus came to give us a knowledge of God. After all, life eternal is to know God, and that's what Jesus came to give. Jesus came to acquaint us with His heavenly father.
When we know God, we will be set free from sin (John 8:32). When we know God, we are given all things that pertain to life and godliness (2. Peter 1:3).
Oh friends! Jesus lived his whole life to show us what God is really like. Try if you will, to picture each scene of Christ's life. See Him as a young person, cheerfully going about the duties of the home, ever ready to help his parents and looking for ways to make their life easier.
See him as in humility he sits at the feet of the rulers of Israel during his first Passover. Humbly he asks them questions that astound their 'great' minds.
Follow him throughout his ministry of three and a half years, as he toils to bring light and salvation to the dying nation of Israel. See him as he does everything he can to bring them life, to set them free!
Feel his pain as he cries over the people he loved, but who rejected him!
Follow him through the night of agony in Gethsemane, the mental and physical anguish as the king of heaven suffers himself to be abused and mocked by the mob at Pilate and Herod's judgement halls.
And lastly, He suffers the cross to be laid on his back, and finally to be pierced hand and foot and left to die by the very people whom it had been his mission and life work to save!
And through it all, He did not one selfish act! He did nothing in a hasty impatient temper. He gave the perfect, greatest example of love. Divine love! Love that did not care for itself. Love that would do anything for someone else. Love that loved enough to die, to suffer, to be tortured...
Jesus came to reveal to us the character of God! He came to re-unite us with God. So we could truly 'know' God.
Dear reader, wouldn't you want to have a friend like God? A friend who cares only about you. A friend who will never let you down, who will never ever be selfish. A friend who would do anything to help you. A friend who loves you too much to let you make bad choices. A friend who says, surrender all your desires and dreams to me, and let me guide you in the right paths.
So Jesus came and revealed to us the true character of God. If you see the amazing beauty of Christ, won't you come to Him? Won't you make it your life work to know the one who gave all of heaven for you?
Yes, life eternal is to know God, not to know about him in theory, but to know Him by experience.