Why Did Jesus Come?
Christmas is the time to demonstrate the Messiah came into this world, and the purpose of His coming. In essence Christmas must not stop at the birth of Jesus because Christ came for a specific, pre-planned purpose.
1. The Messiah was Sent by His Father
Christ came willingly with the purpose of saving the world. When asked as to whether Jesus was the Christ by the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4:29), Jesus responds to his disciples who are concerned about food, thus: "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work." (John 4:34). Christ was sent into the world (John 20:21) to make atonement for our sins (1 John 4:10).
Later when asked about his authority to teach, since it was apparent he had not received any earthly credentials, he responds: "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me." (John 7:16). His authority came from the father: "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak." (John 12:49).
A number of times Jesus alludes to the fact that if he is accepted, then that one is accepting his Father, God, who sent him (Matt 10:40, Mark 9:37, Luke 9:48). Indeed the one who believes in the Son – Jesus Christ, the Messiah, believe in the one who sent him – the Father (John 12:44).
The Gospel of John indicates 24 times that Jesus was sent by the Father. Most pointedly he states he was sent to do the work of the Father (John 9:4), which includes speaking the words of the Father. Indeed Christ states he did not speak his own words, but those of the Father: For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. (John 12:49).
Furthermore, the son was sent for a pre-planned purpose. Paul in the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of the gospel as a mystery (ie a thing hidden), which was made known to the world, which he, God, had "purposed himself" (Ephesians 1:9). In other words, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had replanned exactly what was to happen, in particular the roles of each of the Godhead along with the timing of the revelation of how God was going to save His people. Therefore, Christ came with a purpose – to save the lost (Luke 19:10).
2. The Messiah Was Sent to Deal with a Helpless People
We are reminded in Roman 6:6 that humans were utterly helpless in regard their salvation – a great gulf exists between God and man, and indeed, we were alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18), having no hope (Ephesians 2:12). For when we were still without strength (?σθεν?ς meaning feeble, impotent, sick, translated 'powerless' by JB Phillips), in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
The Roman's verse indicates we all miss the mark and cannot ever hit it demonstrating the sinfulness of sin – God hates every false way (Psalm 118:7, Proverbs 6:16). Hate is a very powerful word – and God hates sin, which oppresses us. But God did not leave humans to our own devices. He understood that we were oppressed by sin (Luke 4:18) from which we are incapable of escaping. Isaiah states of the Messiah "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6). The oppression of sin seems to go unnoticed by humans, although we live in a 24 hour media circus – with each evil act comprehensively and immediately reported, until the most evil acts becomes benign – then they fade from our consciousness. Why is it after some many decades is domestic violence not a thing of the past? Why do we see road rage, angry drunken people kill and maim, adults exploit young children, men exploit women for their sexual gratitude – and all this is in a civilized society, not the backblocks of Syria of Libya? Because all people are enslaved to sin and the only one that can break the chains of sin is Jesus Christ.
Paul puts it thus: "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." (Romans 5:6). This means that Christ came at the right time, and he came to deal with weak and helpless people – Jesus did not came to save the righteous but the sinners (Luke 5:32).
3. Jesus came because He is the Saviour.
Christ came to save (Luke 19:10), because he was able to: This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15). To this end we have witnesses – John the apostle wrote: "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world." (1 John 4:14). It was only the Messiah that was able to appease the Father, and offer a sacrifice that would pay the entire debt of sin of each man and woman who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came to give his life a ransom for many (Mark 10:43). That is, Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah came to make intercession for the transgressors – those that sinned (Isaiah 54). For God laid the iniquity of us all upon him, which he bore on the cross at Calvary: "He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." (Hebrews 9:26b). Indeed those saved have been bought at a price, as the Apostle Paul states: "For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Why did Jesus Not Come?
1. Jesus did not come to call the righteous (Luke 5:32). Those not sick do not need a doctor, but those that are, require one that is competent and able to heal (Luke 5:31).
2. Jesus did not come to condemn or judge the world (John 12:47) – he came to save the world (John 8:16). He did come however to judge sin – to show how sinful sin was. He did this by fulfilling the law which shows the sinfulness of sin (Romans 7:13), and in his death he demonstrated the magnitude of holiness showing up the sinfulness of mankind.
3. He did not come to abolish the law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17).
4. He did not come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28. Mark 10:43-45) – he came to serve his Father, which he did with distinction.
This message was inspired by Alistair Begg who preached on this subject on 29 December 2015 – see < https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/why-did-jesus-come/ > (Accessed 3 January 2015)