Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
God loves the world so much by giving his best for the world’s worst (John 3:16). Jesus Christ is known to be the Savior of the world, heaven’s best gift. Old Testament prophecies foretold the coming Messiah (Christ) will come to save his people, the Jewish nation. We thought that coming down to earth to save is the sole purpose of Jesus. But the Bible records several specific reasons why Jesus came down to the world.
What are the reasons why Jesus came down to earth?
1. To reveal the Father
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18 NIV)
Since no one has ever seen God, Jesus came down to reveal or show the Father. To show who is the Father, his qualities and characteristics. Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Those who know the Son know the Father for the Son reveals him to the world (John 17:25-26).
2. To take away the sins of the world
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 NIV)
Why do sins must be taken off? Sins bring enmity to God, separates and cut off man’s relationship with God, pollute the world in the eyes of God, enslave the soul, and worst of all it will cause spiritual destruction for its wages is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus came down as a sacrificial lamb of God to take away the sins of the world.
3. To do the will of the Father
For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38 NIV)
Jesus came down to do the will of the Father who sent him into the world. Leaving heaven and became a servant, and humbled himself by becoming obedient to the cross.
4. To link or bridge any soul to the Father
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)
Jesus came down to show the way or bridge any soul to the Father. Jesus is the only way to the Father, without this way no one can come to the Father.
5. To provide life with abundant provisions
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Jesus came down to give life because the world is dead to sins and transgressions. A life with abundant provisions from God, not just material things but most of all the spiritual things.
6. To destroy the devil’s work
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8 NIV)
Jesus came down to demolish the devil’s work for no one in the world can destroy the devil’s works. It needs a strongman to overpower and destroy the wicked ruler of the world, to liberates the souls under his dominion.
7. To unite and reconcile the Jews and Gentiles to God
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. (Ephesians 2: 15-16 NIV)
Jesus came down to unite and reconcile the Jews and Gentiles to God by destroying the barriers, the dividing walls of hostility, and putting it to death by making peace through the cross. The Jews separate themselves from Gentiles through cultural, ceremonial, and religious barriers, thinking righteousness will be gained through the observance of the law.
8. To redeem those under the law and from all wickedness
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4-5 NIV)
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14 NIV)
Jesus came down to redeem those under the law for the law brings a curse to all who can’t fulfill it, making himself a curse for our redemption (Galatians 3: 10-14). And to redeem us from all wickedness for the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
9. To save the world or the sinners
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17 NIV)
For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47 NIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15 NIV)
Since the world needs salvation from sin and Satan’s rule, Jesus came down to provide salvation to all sinners. The sinners are worthy of judgment and condemnation but God’s love prevails over it by giving the necessary deliverance.
10. To provide the righteousness from God
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 NIV)
No one can stand in God’s presence due to the bondage and pollution of sin. Jesus came down to provide the righteousness from God so that anyone who believes and is united with him will be absolved from sin and can stand in the presence of God. Righteousness from God is necessary for the sinner’s acquittal.
11. To testify to the truth
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” (John 18:37 NIV)
Jesus came down to testify to the truth for the world embraced and in the rule of falsehoods and deceit. The truth is needed to set everyone free from lies (John 8:32).
12. To be the Lord of both the dead and the living
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. (Romans 14:9 NIV)
Jesus came down to be the Lord of all creation both living and the dead. Since the world is the reign and rule of Satan, Jesus came to dethrone him and establish his lordship and kingdom.
13. To be the mediator of the new covenant
For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15 NIV)
Jesus came down to mediate the new covenant to facilitate peace and reconciliation between God and man that the fulness of God’s plan will be realized.
14. To fulfill the law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17 NIV)
Jesus came down to fulfill the law not to abolish it. Since no one can perfectly fulfill the requirements of the law, Jesus came to have it done and to establish the new testament. Establishing the new covenant needs fulfillment of the regulations of the old covenant.
15. To provide rest to the weary and burdened
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)
Since sin brought a curse, pain, and heavy burdens hard to bear, Jesus came down to provide rest to those who are weary and burdened. Any soul will find rest if he will come to Jesus.
16. To serve and to give his life as a ransom for many
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28 NIV)
Jesus came down to serve not to be served and give his life as a ransom to redeem the world from sin’s penalty which is death. His death provides a perfect sin offering to cleans and delivers anyone from sin.
17. To preach the gospel of salvation
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:38 NIV)
Jesus came down to preach the gospel of salvation for without proclamation of the good news no soul will be enlightened and be saved. The great Rabbi (Teacher) proclaimed the gospel, the way out from sin’s bondage.
18. To call sinners to repentance
Jesus answered them, “It is not healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 NIV)
Jesus came down to call sinners to repentance so that they will gain forgiveness from God, reconcile, and be justified. If there is a call, heeding is possible.
19. To facilitate division
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. (Luke 12:51 NIV)
Jesus came down not for peace but division. To divide between the one who stands for God, to his will, to the truth, and eternal life, and to those who are on the other side, the adversary and sins side.
20. To provide light to the world
I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (John 12:46 NIV)
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19 NIV)
Since the world is full of darkness due to sins and Satan’s rule, Jesus came down as light of the world to illuminate the world. His light extinguished darkness so that no one who believes in him will walk and stay in darkness.
21. To seek and to save the lost
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 NIV)
Man is like sheep who gone astray who turned to his way (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus came down to seek and save the lost to bring them back to God’s secured and safest fold.
22. To baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11 NIV)
Jesus came down to baptize with the Holy Spirit, the promised advocate (John 14:15-25). To fill everyone’s heart that is united with him with the power from God. It will enable every disciple to fulfill the Great Commission and every will of God.
The reasons why Jesus came down to earth are all for our good and welfare. Fueled by his unfailing love, he dwells among us to fulfill his intentions. He leaves his glory, clothes himself as a servant, and sacrificing his life to save and reconcile us to God.
© 2021 Rosualdo Ponce