Millions suppose that Jesus Christ came to save the world; He came to die for the sins of the world, and yet mankind doesn’t know what sin is! Did Jesus come to establish a Christian religion?
During the Christmas season millions of church-going professing Christians attend church services, concert performances of Handel’s Messiah; they decorate their rooftops and lawns with scenes of the Christ child in a manager, with wise men, shepherds, Mary and angels. They think (as we all did in the past) that they are honoring Christ’s birthday.
In John 1:14 we read, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” In other words Jesus Christ was “tabernacling” dwelling only temporarily in human flesh.
What is the real reason one member of the Godhead, who said: “Let there be light,” and “Let us make man in our image,” became human flesh?
Did Christ come to give us a new and different religion, to bring peace, to save the world, to heal everyone He could, to convert as many as possible? The answer is NO! Jesus Christ did not come to save the world then! If He had decided to “save the world,” He would have done so. Notice Matt. 10:34-36 “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.” A sword is a symbol of violent death and war.
But do those who profess to be Christians, believe what Jesus said, that He meant what He said? If Christ didn’t come to bring peace, what about Luke 2:14 “peace on earth?”
This was a blatant mistranslation in the King James Version of 1611. The Oxford KJV says: “Or, on earth peace among men of good will, or on earth peace among men in whom He is well pleased.”
The Bible says, no such thing will happen. Instead the Bible says that Satan has deceived the institutions of this world, that he is “the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2), “the god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4).
As such, Satan is the architect of this world’s institutions, its governments, its societies and its religions. And since this entire world is in spiritual darkness, deceived by Satan, Christ didn’t attempt to penetrate this darkness and deception that has clouded most men’s minds.
How do we know this? Because Jesus’ disciples were wondering why He spoke in puzzles and riddles. Matt. 13:10-16 “Why do you speak in puzzles? Because it is given unto you (His disciples) to know the hidden truths of the Kingdom of heaven; but it is not given to them. Verse 15, “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing and their eyes they have closed: lest any time they should see with their eyes, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Christ was making a conscious decision to speak in puzzling terms. Not only did Christ say He had come to a world of spiritual darkness and deception, He said He was not sent to the whole world then, only to Israel. “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15:24). Why is it that people will not believe what Christ said, but they will believe mainstream evangelicals?
Now Jesus did cast out a demon of a Gentile woman’s daughter, but it was because of her tenacity that He paid any attention to her (Read vs. 22-23.) Christ would have turned a deaf ear to her appeals. He would have gone his way, and paid no attention to her desperate cry for relief for her daughter. Notice verse 26, “It is not meet (proper, fitting) to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.”
Had Christ, the Savior of all mankind said such a thing today, in our politically correct society, this woman would have fiercely said: “What, you’re referring to me and my kind as dogs, what are you a racist, a white male homophobe, bigoted religious fanatic?”
God’s Word proves that Jesus did not come to save the world then, but millions assume He made every effort to heal, rescue, save, and convert every human being He came across.
Christ was not engaged in a desperate saving mission, preaching, teaching, appealing, healing, and trying to get the people saved. The reason they think so, is because they are complete biblical illiterates.
Did Jesus come (as many assume) to do away with the law. They think that Christ set Himself against what they suppose were the harsh unyielding, legalistic old laws of the Father God of the Old Testament. They think He came to give us some new commandment having to do with love. They think this is the love each of us is to have toward our fellow man and that is all that is necessary, once we receive Jesus, profess His name, and believe on Him.
Millions believe on Jesus Christ, they just don’t believe what He says. Matthew 5:17 shows that to be true: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets.” The prophets make up part of the foundation of the Church.
Now of course, they will tell you we should obey nine of the Ten Commandments, they have no problem with those commandments, but that 4th one, no way, that is Jewish!
Jesus Christ spoke continually about God’s Ten Commandments. Paul said: “the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just and good. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin” (Rom. 7:12, 25).
John wrote: “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandment.” When we love God we keep His commandments.
Jesus Christ did not come to “do away with the law,” but millions suppose He did. People suppose that Jesus did away with all things Jewish and to establish a new, and very different religion, that of Christianity.
But as you read about the life of Jesus, you find that He continually upheld the law by His teaching and His example. Jesus Christ was the one who gave Moses the law. All we need to do is read John 1:1-14.
Jesus said it is possible to worship Him and laud Him, praise Him to sing about Him as Savior, to believe on Him, to adore Him, to love Him, and to feel all kinds of worshipful emotions about Him and do it all in vain.
How is this possible? By appropriating Christ, by claiming to believe on Him and by accepting Him as Savior, but refusing to obey Him. Millions worship their concepts of Jesus Christ, but reject the Ten Commandment of God.
They have substituted the hundreds of years of churchianity, of Catholic and Protestant tradition, for the truth of God from His Word.
So, if Jesus Christ didn’t come to do any of these things, why did He come to this earth? He came to this earth to qualify, in human flesh, as its future King of kings and Lord of lords.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of Host will accomplish this” (Isa. 9:6-7).
Nowhere in these two verses do you see the word religion, revival of the synagogue, doctrines liturgy or rituals or vespers or Christian endeavor, or the lighting of candles, or Gregorian chants, rosaries, beads, indulgences, or anything smacking of hidden spiritual mysteries. What is set forth is government; Christ was prophesied to come to assume the role of King, to sit upon a throne which was prophesied to remain on this earth, the throne of David.
Read Luke 1:31-33; “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.”
God made a covenant with David, promising him that his throne would never fail. However, his throne would be overturned three times, but that throne would remain on this earth. “I will overturn, overturn, overturn it; and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is, and I will give it him” (Ezk. 20:27). Of course this is talking about Jesus Christ, the same that Luke wrote about.
Millions spiritualize this away. The Bible says that Jesus Christ will come back to this earth to rule it from the throne of David, and use a rod of iron in doing so.
What are the problems of this world today; crime, divorce, poverty, squalor, sickness, warfare, all the result of human lust, and the feeble attempts of mankind to govern himself apart from the laws of God?
The prophets of old went to the political leaders of their time. They warned kings of their chicanery, duplicity, idolatry, dishonesty and corruption and sins.
Jeremiah 23:4-6 talks about the return of Jesus Christ to inherit David’s throne. Matthew 24 talks about droughts, famines, earthquakes, calamities, wars to come as some of the signs preceding Christ’s return. What is religious about famines, droughts and wars?
God said false prophets would be crying peace when there is no peace (Ezk. 13:10). Jesus foretold of a great tribulation, a time of wars and rumors of wars; a time of betrayal, of persecution, of suffering and death. He continually reminded His disciples He would become a King over His kingdom. What was the very title of His message? The Kingdom of God, of course.
Matthew chapter 13 is replete with many of Christ’s kingdom parables; He also provided them with a vision about that kingdom (Matt. 17:1-9).One of His most outstanding kingdom parables is found in Luke 19:11-27: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.”
Dozens and dozens of times in the four Gospels, the entire message, life, and future purpose of Jesus Christ is summed up in the gospel of the Kingdom of God. Read Matthew 25:31-34.
Jesus Christ came to disqualify this present evil world ruler, Satan the Devil.
When Satan lusted after God’s throne and tried to take it by force, he was hurled back down to this earth by God when his attempt failed. He is called “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2).
Satan was present when God finished His masterpiece of creating man in His image, and placing our first parent in the Garden of Eden.
By his magnetic, charming, subtle suggestions and lying hints, he deceived Eve, who influenced her husband Adam to disobey God’s commands. The Hebrew was nachash; is erroneously translated serpent in Genesis. This word means whispering enchanter and has nothing to do with the physical appearance of the creature Eve saw.
But it implies a creature that charmed, influenced and deceived the woman. Today, Satan is described as “that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world” (Rev. 12:9).
The Apostle Paul wrote: “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them” (II Corth. 4:4).
Today, millions worship various gods, or ancestors, or vague ethereal, metaphysical concepts, not knowing they are deceived by Satan: that he is the god of this sin-sick world of poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime and war.
Jesus Christ came to preach the wonderful Good News of his future Kingdom. “He went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:1). “Repent ye and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Jesus Christ came to call and train and commission His disciples. Remember the parables were not given to the masses to understand, but to His disciples. Christ told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would lead them into all truth (John 16:13).
They were with Him for 3 ½ years, eating, sleeping, praying, traveling about, they saw all the miracles He did. Christ came to build His Church. He came to set an example, following the example of Christ clearly meant more than living a good life, it meant suffering, if God so will, the consequences of living that life, the rage, suffering, rejection and persecution from others, read I Peter 2:19-21.
Jesus Christ came to quality as our High Priest. He came to offer Himself a sacrifice for the sin of the world. He came to die, then to be resurrected.
Now, let’s summarize why Jesus Christ came to this earth:
He came to quality as the King of kings and Lord of lords; to disqualify Satan as world ruler; to preach the good news of His coming world-ruling government; to call and train His disciples to proclaim that message; to build His Church, or His group of called out ones; to commission His church to perform the work of preaching the gospel and caring for the flock; to qualify to become our High Priest; to die for the sins of mankind; to be raised from the dead, to ascend to His Father in heaven, where He awaits the time of His return as conquering King. This is why Christ came to this earth!