Friday, August 27, 2010

WHAT HE SAID ABOUT HIS VISIT

We are taught by many teachers, evangelists, and our own pastors the main Scripture passages that pertain to the "why" for Jesus' first visit.  The most used one or at least the first one that comes to my mind is John 3:16.  And if you just ask a Christian off the street why Jesus came to earth you probably will get a standard answer, like "to save humanity from sin and secure our place in heaven with other believers".  While this is true I found there is more.  In asking one question, a good list of Scripture passages help to explain why Jesus came and did what he did and said what he said.  That question was - What did Jesus, Himself, say He came to do?

My research found, He Came To.......
  • "bring division" (Luke 12:51)
  • do the will of him who sent me/not lose any He has given me but raise them up on the last day/provide eternal life for those who look to the Son and believe in Him (John 6:38-40)
  • fulfill prophecy (Matt. 5:17)
  • make us "fishers of men" (Matt. 4:19)
  • "call the sinners" (Matt. 9:13)
  • "bring a sword" (not peace) (Matt. 10:34)
  • "turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law" (Matt. 10:35)
  • "serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28)
  • "to preach the good news" (Mark 1:38)
  • "redeem His people" (Luke 1:68)
  • "help His people" (Luke 7:16)
  • save (Luke 19:9)
  • teach (John 3:2)
  • be the Prophet (John 6:14)
  • "Judge this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." (John 9:39)
  • "For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it." (John 12:47) [I'm still trying to figure out this one and the verse above]
  • provide "life and have it to the full" (John 10:10)
  • provide "the world a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness." (John 12:46)