What was Jesus’ mission while on earth? This is our subject today as we continue the series of sermons on basic Christian teachings. We turn to the Scriptures and let Jesus answer this question.
I came to be a teacher.
“When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the One who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” John 12:44-46 .
You ask what God is like? The Bible answers that if you want to know what God is like, study the life and message of Jesus. There you will find that Jesus teaches, and better still, reveals that God is loving, forgiving, and righteous. A study of the woman caught in the act of adultery as revealed in John 8:1-11 tells us that Jesus treated her with mercy over against the harshness of her accusers. He was willing to forgive her, but this was not cheap grace. He told her to leave her life of sin. This was to be the fruit of her meeting Jesus and being set free.
As the teacher, He had come to tell a world living in spiritual darkness, what is right and wrong. To a world that enjoys the loose life of relativism, He gives to us rights and wrongs. Sin is still sin. It is just as much a sin to hate in the 21st century as it was when Jesus walked on earth. God’s laws dealing with sexuality are not erased by the psychologist or by the members of the Supreme Court.
I came to be the Savior of the world.
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Luke 19:10.
Through Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection, he made full payment for the sins of humankind. He paid the price for our sins. He took our place when He died on the cross. Full atonement has been made for the sins of the world. He has come to forgive our sins that we might be restored into fellowship with God and be His forever.
He has come to bring us into a personal relationship with God. Because of Christ’s atoning sacrifice, it is possible for us, who trust Him, to live in peace and comfort, which only He can give.
I came to change people.
“I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10.
People sometimes say they do not want anything to do with religion, because it will take all of the fun out of life. That may be true if you are only dealing with religion, for that might only hang a lot of man-made laws on you that would be very hard to keep. However, nothing could be further from the truth when you are talking about Christianity. Christ has come to set us free Ð free to live unto Him, which is the abundant life.
As people we try so hard to have a rich, full life. We try to find our joy in the material, and these possessions can bring us much satisfaction, but not true joy.
Where we live there are many new houses being built. Some of these houses are very costly and beautiful. I personally love to visit these houses and am so happy that my friends and relatives can live there. However, they will tell you, if they are Christian, it is Christ, and not the dwelling, that brings joy.
We want to remain healthy so we can have an abundant life. We visit our doctors regularly, take their pills, and submit to their treatments of one kind or another to improve our health. God wants us to care for our bodies, which He calls the temple of the Holy Spirit. However, many people enjoy the best of health and yet are restless and looking for something more.
I believe we should give ourselves an A+ for the effort. Yet, having done these good things, something is still lacking. That newness comes in Jesus Christ. Happiness, which brings the abundant life, comes from within. Life may be hard, and we may cry through our tears, but deep in our soul there is happiness when Christ is our Savior.
I came to be your Lord forever.
“I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am there you may be also” John 14:3.
Our days on this earth are numbered. We are but strangers or aliens here. However, the heavenly home is forever. Jesus told us this when He said, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” He has made all things ready for us. All that we need to do is repent of our sins and in faith receive Christ as our Savior and Lord.
If you know Him as your Savior and Lord, are you not thankful that Jesus came to earth to touch your life and make you His forever?
If you do not know Him as your Savior and Lord, does his Word not make you want to know more about him and receive him as your Savior and Lord? Amen.