Over 2000 years ago a monumental event happened. A little baby was born in a manger outside of Bethlehem. Angels sang in the fields to some shepherds, and wise men in the east observed a bright star. This birth was an invasion and a powerful one at that. Jesus came to save each and every one of us.
Over the next few years as he grew and matured. He’d perform many signs and wonders. These miracles are recorded in many different texts and ancient manuscripts, not just the Bible.
Jesus was definitely a historical figure, I’m pretty sure we can meet on even ground about that. The word Christ, is technically not his last name. I think of it more as a title. Christ: Means Anointed One Of God
Why Did Jesus Come To Earth? Jesus Came To Earth, So We Could Be Free From Sin And Death. He Came To Die, So We Could Live With God In Heaven.
Jesus; He Came To Save Us
I know a lot of people hate the name of Jesus. Many of those same people are okay with the title of ‘God’ but for some reason Jesus is divisive. Another controversy stems from the belief that humanity doesn’t really need saving. It’s believed that humanity is okay on its own, and science, the human spirit, and ingenuity will save us all.
While I do believe in the human spirit, and our ability to grow and create. I also believe that Jesus came to save us, and humanity is in dire need of saving.
If you look anywhere in the world, you’ll notice that humanity is in chaos. At the time of this writing, the United States recognizes 10 official wars and 8 active military conflicts. Slavery still envelopes the world, and some believe it’s worse than ever before.
Inside the United States, we have fighting, political strife, and social constructs that divide us. Evil people get away with murder, and the good are trampled by them. Humanity has tried for years to fix its issues, but every time we’ve made it worse.
Sci-Fi And Humanity Believe They Don’t Need Jesus
I love watching sci-fi and one theme that keeps popping up in them, involves humanity finally growing up. They have this higher level they’re trying to achieve, and if we can only give it up, everything will be perfect.
Humanity will never usher in a golden age of perfection. We need Jesus to transform us.
I’d like to be clear here. The problem is inside all of us. We have sinned against God. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden, we switched masters. We were created as children of God linked to him and allowed to live in the paradise he created. However once we ate the fruit, we were in rebellion, and we gave Satan dominion over our birthright.
Until Jesus came to rescue us.
Jesus: He’s The Savior Of Mankind
Below are verses that contain summaries of why Jesus came to die for us.
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our lord.Romans 6:23
…And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus to all who believe. There is no distinction. For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in JesusRomans 3:22-24
Everything in our world is affected by our sin, the Bible even says nature groans for the return of Jesus. If the world is finite, it almost sounds like we’re on a sinking ship? If Jesus isn’t real, that poses a scary problem. It would mean we’re stranded, and there’s no hope of rescue.
I can’t believe that, and I hold onto the truth, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He came to save us.
Jesus Is The Only One Coming To Our Rescue
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
A lot of people take what Jesus said here, and think he’s being arrogant or close minded. I’ve even heard preachers say there are multiple ways to God. That is not correct, or even biblical. These pastors aren’t reading the Bible, and shouldn’t be trusted. The words of Jesus are pretty straightforward, and that doesn’t happen a lot in the New Testament. Most of the time Jesus spoke in parables, and they were hard to understand.
To breakdown this verse, we have Jesus telling us the world is sinking, and he’s arrived here on planet earth. His goal is to bring as many of us as he can away to safety.
So why do we view it differently? Part of it could be cultural and translation errors. There’s many things in the Bible that we don’t understand completely. I read the Bible daily and still get confused at some verses today. s
Another part is spiritual blindness which is prevalent in our society. Our culture trusts in science and facts. Everything to us has to be tangible and proven. That’s can be a huge hurdle to overcome. Because faith, is intangible, you can’t nail it down. There are times that I don’t understand why I believe. My faith in Jesus tends to be a gut feeling I have inside me. This feeling keeps me going, and helps me press on.
Jesus Frees Us From Ourselves.
If humanity continues on the path we’ve chosen. We will eventually destroy ourselves. This of course will be finishing the job we started in the Garden Of Eden. You only have to read the first couple of paragraphs to see that. Vengeance and war is part of our culture, mix in a little selfishness and you’ve got yourself a recipe for death.
Part of me thinks that’s why Jesus came and spoke so much about love. This was a complete shift in the cultural mentality of the day. The Romans ruled Israel, and the Jews were looking for a mighty warrior to come and deliver them. They hated the Romans and wanted to throw off their oppressors.
They didn’t realize they were looking for the 2nd coming of Jesus, not his first. Part of me thinks Christians suffer the same fate today. We focus on what they want God to do, and not enough on what he is doing. How can God move when we put him in a box?
Jesus Came To Fight For Us all
When Jesus came to save us, he started out as a baby (talk about subverting expectations). At the time the people of Israel expected Jesus to come down and annihilate their enemies. Probably with lightning bolts or something equally as cool. In reality, this is more of a revelation, or second coming Jesus.
Jesus had to come and face human suffering head-on. He had to experience life as a person, live sinlessly, and then become the sacrifice. This was done to fulfill many old testament prophecies. In the book of Isaiah, it says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities. He took our punishment. “
Then he died, taking our sin to the grave. The Bible says that he took on our iniquities, and when he rose again defeated death. This is why Easter is so important. It’s the day Jesus won against Satan and the forces of evil. God was always more powerful.
Satan didn’t have the foresight to realize God could pull something amazing off.
Even His Betrayal Needed To Happen
Sometimes I’ll think about the betrayal of Jesus and wonder if Judas was trying to force Jesus to move. What if he thought he was forcing Jesus’s hand and deliver Israel? How could he spend three years with Jesus, and still not understand? The rest of the disciples were the same way, they were shocked when he died, and had a hard time believeing when he rose again.
What’s scary about the story of Judas, is that it could be the story of Christians today. In America, we know what we want and it drives us. However we try to force those desires on God, and that leads us into problems. The same goes for all of us, humanity has amnesia, we constantly learn and forget the same lessons over and over.
Jesus Came To Free Us From Our Sins
This is the most well-known reason Jesus came to save us. To save us, his people from their sins, and all that. He came to die on the cross so all men might have eternal life and live with God for eternity.
Contrary to popular belief, sinning isn’t necessarily doing something bad, sin is an archery term that means, ‘to miss the mark.’ In other words, when God has his best for you, and you choose not to go for it, you’re missing the mark.
When you sin, it means God had better/greater plans, but you settled for less. Let that sink in for a second.
I should add that I don’t believe heaven is an eternal church service, in reality, that sounds like hell to me. Heaven is going to be living the life we were created for, with the skills and abilities he created to give all glory unto him.
Why would the God of the universe create this amazing universe, only to make us sit inside a room and sing for eternity? That doesn’t make sense, and I don’t see why he would do that.
We All Have Sinned And Fallen Short
It’s a sign of the times when we see things considered a sin 20 years ago become the cultural norm. Sin is sin, and it Never changes. I’m not going to post what is or isn’t sin on here, that’s between you and God. However, we’ve become very lax with it in the Church.
Believe it or not, I don’t think we need a greater focus on sin. Instead, we should be focusing on Christ’s love, and hearing his voice. For too long, we have pushed a doctrine that alienates people and caused them to be polarized again the one person who could help them.
Jesus came to save us, that’s all of us, not some of us. If we as Christians could humble ourselves, love the people around us, and let the Holy Spirit do its work. I think we’d see the world transformed before our very eyes.
Jesus Has Freed Everyone, However, They Need To Leave The Cell.
When Jesus said No man comes to the father, except through me. I don’t believe he was being haughty or prideful. Instead, I see him saying:
“The world is dying, and so are you. I’m the only way to freedom, and nobody else is coming. Follow me to Freedom.”
When you look at it like that, it makes a lot of sense. It also shows how much he really does love us. We need to stop projecting our insecurities onto Jesus and realize for once how much we really need him. Humble yourself before God, and he will lift you up.
Jesus Came To Bring Life
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John 10:10
Many Christians forget about this verse when they’re quoting scripture. They make rules and regulations on things we need to follow, but never realize that we’re supposed to live life to the fullest. I believe it’s one of the ways God reveals himself to others.
It should be noted, that Jesus came to bring life here on earth, and not just in the afterlife. Heaven is going to be great, but we should be living our lives to the fullest everyday on this plane of existence.
I get frustrated every time I run into a person who’s polarized one way or the other about this. One side will say we must suffer while we live here, and the other God only gives pleasure.
The truth is that both sides are wrong, Jesus came to save us from our sinful nature. There needs to be balance.