Saturday, September 29, 2012

Why Did Jesus Come?

There is a lot of confusion about the purpose of Jesus. Some say one thing and some say another. What did Jesus say?

"I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly."  John 10:10, NIV.

For Christ to say this is to say he came to be a blessing and to be a giver of life.  He came not just offer life but abundant life. Something that is abundant is full, it is more than enough, it measures to excess, and goes beyond the need.

The opposite of life is death. We may be alive physically but dead spiritually. We are living and breathing, but is there more? Is this really life? Jesus's statement in John 10:10 says, "Yes, there is more and I have come to bring it."  Outside of Christ there cannot be any real life, for outside of him we are separated from the source of life.

This abundant life cannot be ours without Jesus because he said, "I have come ..." He came to take away the cause of spiritual death- sin. It is the sin in our nature that have kept us from having this life.

Jesus offers abundant life. What did he mean?

     * It would mirror his life, a beautiful life that was full of good.
     * It would exceed anything already experienced.
     * It would transcend the physical and have a spiritual aspect.
     * It would not end with the physical it must survive death.
     * It would fulfill the desires we find deepest in our hearts.
     * A lifetime of experience would not exhaust it.
     * It would have to be eternal or else it is not abundant.
     * It would not have any boundaries, all things must be possible.

His life was abundant and pure none found sin in him, even God the Father was pleased with him. When Jesus gave his life up on the cross it was not as a payment for any wrongs he did but as a substitution payment on our behalf for our sins; a substitution that was satisfactory since death could not hold him and he arose on the third day. All he asks is that we renounce the sins that have kept us form life and receive this salvation as a free gift.

If you are ready to experience this abundant life you must put away your sin and trust Jesus as your savior. You might express it to him in a prayer such as:

God I know I am a sinner and deserve punishment. I know Christ paid for my sins on the cross and he arose again to prove the judgment is paid. I need the salvation you offer. I turn away from my sins and receive your free gift of salvation. From this moment on I leave my old selfish life behind and will follow you as my Lord and I will live a life that says, "Thank You."


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