Question

Why was Jesus put here?

Answer

Jesus came to save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21), that they might have life (John 10:10). He came to save those who believe (John 3:16-17; 12:46), and to mediate between them and God (Heb. 2:11-17). He came to testify to the truth (John 18:37), and even to harden those who would not believe so that their condemnation might be greater (Matt. 13:11-15; Luke 12:49). He came to do the will and work of the Father (John 6:38; 17:4; Heb. 10:7,9), and to fulfill all that God had promised to men (Luke 24:44). He came because of God's love (John 3:16) for his children (Heb. 2:11-17).

To speak more theologically, Jesus came to fulfill the terms of the covenant between God and his people, and thereby to secure the covenant blessings for the people (Gal. 3). He came to fulfill the requirement of the Law that all sin be punished by death (Rom. 8:1-4), in order that we who believe might be spared that penalty, instead receiving forgiveness and life (John 3:18; 5:24). He came to redeem and save those whom the Father had given him (John 6:37-40; 10:11-29). Ultimately, he came to redeem believers in order that he might redeem mankind through that remnant, and in order that he might reconcile the rest of creation to himself through the redemption of the believing remnant of mankind (e.g. Rom. 8:19-22; Eph. 1:10; Col. 1:19-20).

Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.