I’ll be starting a series on Jesus, what He said, why He came, and what He asks of us.
A few months ago, I began to wonder: why did Jesus say He came? We often say, “Jesus came to….,” but I wanted to research Jesus’s own words about His purpose in coming.
Here’s what He has to say. I believe all references are NIV1984.
“I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’” Matthew 10:34-36
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
“Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’ So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” Mark 1:38-39
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ Mark 2:17
“ I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10
“ For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38
“ Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.'” John 9:39
“ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” John 12:46-47
’“You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’” John 18:37
This is not your typical Freedom Friday in that I’m not going to tell you about my life and experiences. I’m also not sharing my thoughts on these verses. Rather, I encourage you to really read and dig in to these verses. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead as you learn about Jesus and His purpose for coming to earth.