Why Did Jesus Come To Earth ?
Why did Jesus leave His place of glory, Heaven or Paradise, to come to earth ? Why would He sacrifice so much ? Why would He suffer so much ? And die such a horrible and painful death ?
In this 4 part Bible study series we will look beyond the obvious answer to the question “Why did Jesus come to earth ?” It is obvious that Jesus came to seek and save lost people. To pay the price for our sins. And to become the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”
Yes, Jesus came to pay the price for all of our sins, and to save us from the wrath of God and eternal punishment for sin. We will dive deeper and answer the question “Why did Jesus come to earth to save us ?”
Why Did Jesus Come To Earth To Save Us ?
Salvation Is Not The End All Reason Jesus Came To Earth
Salvation is not the end all reason why Jesus came to earth. Many people think and act like when they are saved, they only need to relax and enjoy life, and wait for Jesus to come back. So they can then go to heaven. They think they have their “fire insurance” so they can relax and enjoy life. And wait for Jesus to come.
These types of people go to church, and even give some and serve some. But many are still living for themselves and living the way they want to. Living life and waiting for Jesus to come back, and then go to heaven.
With this type of thinking these people will miss entirely why Jesus came to save them. In this 4 part series we will focus on Why Jesus Came To Save Us.
Salvation Is Only The Beginning
Salvation and a restored personal relationship with God is only the beginning. Jesus came to earth to give you much more than salvation. Yes salvation is the greatest gift ever. But Jesus sacrificed so much and died for you to have much more than that.
In our first 2 weeks we will focus on the first of 2 main reasons why Jesus came to save us.
God’s Main Calling And Desire For You
What do you think of when you hear the words “God’s Call” or “God’s Calling” ?
Most people think of when God calls someone to be a Pastor. Or when He calls someone to be a missionary, like He did with my wife Nancy and I. Other people think of when God calls a person to be a Bible teacher or Life Group leader.
Most people think of when God calls us to do something, or to serve in a ministry. God does call us to serve and to participate in His kingdom work and mission. But this is not God’s main calling on our lives. It is not God’s main desire for us, to simply do things for Him.
God Desires And Calls You To Have Close Fellowship With Him
1 Corinthians 1:9 defines God’s main desire for you, and His calling on your life. Yes God wants you to participate in His kingdom work and mission. And He wants to use you.
But God’s main desire and calling on your life is for you to have close fellowship with Him.
1 Corinthians 1:9 – “God, who called you into fellowship with His son Jesus is faithful.”
This is not a verse about salvation. It is a verse written to Christians.God’s call and heart’s desire is for all Christians to have close fellowship with Him. This is one of 2 main reasons why Jesus came to earth to save us.
Koinania Fellowship With God
“koinania” is the Greek word for fellowship in 1 Corinthians 1:9. Normally this word is used in the New Testament to describe to fellowship and unity in the church.
In this verse the context is that koinania is describing the type of fellowship that God desires to have with you. God desires this type of fellowship with you so much that He sent His only son Jesus to make it possible for you to have it. Jesus sacrificed everything and suffered terrible, all so you could be saved and then have koinania fellowship with you.
Koinania fellowship with God is defined as:
1) the closest possible fellowship with God
2) Unity or being one with God
There is a third part of koinania fellowship with God, and we will return to this verse in the 3rd part of this series to see what it is. It has to do with the 2nd reason why Jesus came to earth to save us.
God desires to have the closest possible fellowship with you. He wants you to know Him in real and personal ways. And to be completely united or one with Him.
God So Loved The World…
Never did such a small word mean so much. John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world”… God desires to have the closest possible fellowship with you. He wants it SO much that He sent His only son Jesus to suffer horribly and die the most horrible death to make it possible.
In “On The Physical Death of Jesus” you can see how much Jesus suffered physically. And Jesus also suffered emotionally and personally. For example when everyone abandoned and denied Jesus. And worst of all, Jesus suffered spiritually when all of our sins were poured out on Him. He was temporarily separated from God his Father. All because of our sins.
An Amazing Love
Why does God desire to save us, and then have the closest possible fellowship and unity with us ?
1. You are God’s First Love – He loves you more than anything else He created. Being that you are God’s first love, He very much wants to have close fellowship with you. And for you to be one with Him, and one with His will.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.“
God’s love is called “Agape Love” – the Greek word “Agape” means an unconditional, ever lasting, never changing, willing to sacrifice for your good type of love
You Are God’s Precious Treasure
You are God’s Treasure – The 2nd reason that God desires to have the closest possible fellowship with you is that you are more important and more precious to God than anything else He created. You are God’s precious treasure.
Deuteronomy 7:6 – For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession out of all peoples on the face of the earth.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we areGod’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
You are God’s handiwork. This means that you are His precious treasure. And you are a great, priceless piece of art to God. You are God’s masterpiece.
You Are God’s Passion
Your are God’s Passion – The 3rd reason that God desires the closest possible fellowship with you is that He is passionate about you. You are God’s passion. And God is passionate about having close fellowship with you.
Now here is what God wants to do in your heart. And in my heart. God wants to touch and change our hearts, so that He is your First Love. And your Treasure. And your Passion.
God wants you to love Him more than anything or anyone else. And God wants to be more important and more valuable to you than anyone or anything else. And He wants you to be as passionate about Him as He is for you.
What’s in our hearts is most important. It’s not just the things we do for God that matter the most. It is why we do the things we do, even in ministry. What we do need to be a reflection of our heart attitude towards God.
Sometimes Doing Things For God Can Inhibit Our Fellowship With Him
God wants us to serve and do things to please Him, not out of obligation or a sense of duty. But out of love for Him. And from a heart that is thankful for what Jesus did for us on the cross. And from a heart totally devoted and passionate about God.
Sometimes we are so busy doing things for God in ministry, that we don’t have sufficient time to spend with God. And we do not develop our koinania close fellowship and unity with Him.
Whenever we are so busy doing things for God that we don’t have time to have fellowship with Him, then we are missing the most important thing to God. The closest possible fellowship and unity with God.
We can totally miss out on why Jesus came to save us. If we are not regularly spending time with Jesus and working on our fellowship with Him, then we will miss why He came. Yes Jesus came to give us the gift of salvation and eternal life. But He has so much more for us than this for our loves here.
Becoming Disconnected To Our Power Source
Ironically, we can actually become disconnected to The Power Source we need to fulfill God’s work and mission.
When God is your 1st Love, Treasure, & Passion, you will desire close fellowship with Him. And you will DO what you need to do: Spend time with God, read/study/meditate on His word, pray, learn to hear His voice, obey & do whatever God wants you to do…
So, what’s in our hearts is most important. Let Jesus place His own love and passion for God in your heart. Jesus loves God, and completely one with God. And Jesus was so fully passionate and devoted to God, that He obeyed God’s will and suffered and died on the cross.
We need to remember that close fellowship with God is very important to God – even more important than serving and ministry. Serving and ministry (and fruitfulness) are byproducts of our close fellowship with God.
John 15:1-2 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 15:5 I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains* (abides) in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit*. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”
*Fruit – Jesus is referring to spiritual & eternal fruit, and the fruits of the Spirit. Later in this series we will look more into spiritual & eternal fruit, and the key to being fruitful in God’s work.
*Remain or Abide in Jesus – “Continually live in close fellowship and vital unity with Jesus”. This is turn leads to Jesus living His life in & through you. And Jesus accomplishing His kingdom work and mission through you.
Living your life continually in close fellowship and vital unity with Jesus is the key to being the fruitful and victorious Christian that God wants you to be.
“The New Testament example of the Christian experience is that of a personal, passionate devotion to the Person of Jesus Christ.” – Oswald Chambers
In Part 2 of Why Did Jesus Come To Earth ? we will continue to look at the first reason why Jesus came. So you can not only be saved and have a restored relationship with God, but close fellowship and unity with Him too.
Pursuing Intimacy With God
Pursuing Intimacy With God is committed to helping you with the most important thing in your life… your intimacy with God , your fellowship with Him, and your partnership with God in His Kingdom work & mission.
There is much more information on Intimacy With God, Prayer, Praise & Worship, Hearing God’s Voice,… and hundreds of great Biblical truths and promises in the Pursuing Intimacy With God Bible studies.