A Question I Was Asked:



Where does Jesus Explain the PURPOSE of His Coming?








Jesus said; He came only to the House of Israel; Mat. 15:23-25.

Okay, that's who He went to, but where does He explain the PURPOSE of his coming?



UK Apologetics Reply:

It's a good question. Okay, first of all, Jesus' own mission - in a short earthly mission - was necessarily confined. He went to some of the people of Israel (but not, of course, all of them). Later, God sent an important body of Christians to the Gentiles, led, of course, by Paul the Apostle. But the primary delivering of the Gospel to all nations would come much later. So that's the first point.

Jesus came to announce the New Covenant, opening up salvation, and God's grace, for all people. He empowered a people whom He would call out to commence the announcement of the Kingdom of God, and how men and women could gain entrance to that. He specifically instructed these people to preach the message everywhere, See Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:45-49; Mark 16:15-20. It is all really summed up by Jesus in quite a short statement. Here is your desired specific "purpose of my coming" statement:

...I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10b, KJ21 translation).

By the way, the prosperity teachers disgracefully distort this Scripture claiming that it means God wants you to be rich! They also strangely claim that part of the process of you becoming richer is to help make them (even) richer. My, I would hate to be in their shoes when the final time of accounting comes.

Jesus offers life, it is real abundant life because it is Eternal Life in the very presence of God! No earthly religious leader, no propagandist, no philosopher and no politician can compete with that. Further details are filled out elsewhere in the the New Testament. Let us look at a bit more of John 10. He compared His followers, His true people, to sheep who always recognize the voice of their true Master:

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, who gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. (Verse 27-29).

So the purpose of His coming is indeed described. Jesus came to announce the commencement of the New Covenant and to explain that the time had arrived to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to the whole world. But He also warned that this message would cause some separation and difficulties between those would would be called, and who would respond positively , and those who would reject Him and His message. Moreover, complete loyalty would be expected from Christians! Jesus isn't interested in menpleasers!

"Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father who is in Heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in Heaven. "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to 'set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.' And 'a man's foes shall be they of his own household.' He that loveth father or mother more than Me, is not worthy of Me. And he that loveth son or daughter more than Me, is not worthy of Me. And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for My sake, shall find it. "He that receiveth you, receiveth Me; and he that receiveth Me, receiveth Him that sent Me. "(Matthew 10:32-40).

This then is quite a tough message, it is not for the faint-hearted - although many have foolishly thought quite the contrary. About 55 years ago, upon learning that I was becoming a Christian, one of my brothers said, "That is only for weak people." My, if only my brother knew of the battles I have had to fight in since that day, and how my adversary has continually hunted me every day since then!

So Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later a. because His life was of such incredible value that in no other way could the justice of God be satisfied - He literally paid the price of the sin of every sinner who would come to Him in the ages ahead. How come? Because He was God and Man in human flesh, b. to demonstrate that the cycle of life and death from one generation to another can be defeated - but only in and through Him. He called out a people - His Church - who are charged with taking this Gospel message forth to all:

And Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered and said unto him, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father who is in Heaven. And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven." (Matthew 16:16-19).

1. Note first of all that Simon Peter knew who Jesus was and is (verse 16) - that is important. The Church must be led by true believers!
2. Secondly, the Church is granted real power. That Church is not an institution, nor a vast human organisation, it is the collective body of true believers upon earth. We are given real power, in a very real sense we are handed 'the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.' That is quite a responsibility! This Scripture makes it quite plain: it is spiritually dangerous to cause offence to a true believer!

So - in a nutshell - that is how God has designed that human redemption works upon this earth right now, it also explains the purpose of the coming of Jesus which I am asked about, that purpose is to offer up Eternal Life - the abundant life - to millions of human souls.

Of course, one could explain all of the above simply by stating: Jesus came to the House of Israel to establish a new priesthood based not on the physical lineage of Aaron, but on the spiritual linage of Melchizedek, and the New Covenant, but I am asked for particular words from the mouth of Jesus.

Robin A. Brace. October 14th, 2015.

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