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"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us"

John 1:14

There are three great questions related to Christ and human beings: (a) Why did Jesus come to earth? (b) Why did He go back to heaven? (c) Why will He come again? These three questions can be answered by the three appearances of Christ described in Heb. Chapter 9.

Christ appeared on earth in the past to deliver us from the penalty of sin—Heb. 9:26—the work of justification; He appears in the present in heaven to deliver us from the power of sin—Heb. 9:24—the work of sanctification, and he will appear in the air in the prospective to deliver us from the presence of sin—Heb. 9:28—the work of glorification. [Col. 1:10 also delineates these three appearances via the words deliver and delivered.]

With regard to His incarnation and virgin birth, there are several reasons the Scripture presents why Christ came to this earth.

1. JESUS CAME TO REVEAL THE SACRED TRINITY. Christ came to reveal the persons and plans of the one Triune God. Jesus reflects the Father-II Cor. 4:4, He reveals the father-Heb. 1:1, and He represents the Father-I Tim. 2:5. With regard to himself in Matthew, Christ is presented as the King of the Jews-Matt. 10:7, In Mark, He is portrayed as the servant of Jehovah-Mark 10:45, In Luke as the Son of Man-Luke 19:10 and John as the Son of God-John 3:16. In John 16, Christ pictures the Holy Spirit as the continuer of His work both in the soul of the sinner-16:8-11 and the spirit of the saint-16:12-15.

2. JESUS CAME TO REDEEM THE SLAVE. The Scripture depicts human beings as being spiritual slaves under the control of satan-II Tim. 2:24 and sin-Eph. 2:2. In the atonement, via the once for all redemptive work of Christ-Heb. 10:12, believing sinners are set free from satan's bondage-Gal. 5:1. Three Greek words express this liberation via the redemptive blood of Christ: agorazo (purchasing in the market place of sin), exagorazo (buying out-from-the place of sin's marketplace and lutroo (to loose). Christ's sinless, sacrificial, substitutionary blood-Rom. 3:24-25, shed in death, was the ransom price Matt. 20:28 that sets us free from sin's captivity-II Tim. 2:26.

3. JESUS CAME TO RECONCILE THE SINNER. When sin entered the human race via Adam's transgression-Rom 5:12, all humanity became alienated from God and defiled by sin-Rom. 3:23. Estranged from God and without divine hope-Eph. 2:12, humanity today wanders in sinful darkness-John 3:19. The good news is that via Christ's atoning work on the cross, this alienation is no longer a necessity. At Calvary, "mercy and truth kissed each other" and "righteousness and peace met together," meaning that repentant sinners are no longer alienated from God's presence-Col. 1:21, but that they have "been made nigh" to God via "blood of Christ"-Eph. 1:13.

4. CHRIST CAME TO REMOVE THE SINS. The great problem with the human race is simply a three letter word called SIN. All human being are sinners by nature-Jer. 17:9, by practice-Eph. 2:3 and by choice-James 1:14-15. Christ came for the specific purpose of remitting and removing our sin. The basic Bible word for remit is the word purge. At Calvary Christ became the sinner's purgatory, purging [cleansing, washing, remitting, removing, canceling, etc.] our sin-Heb. 1:3. This is why John the Baptist declared in John 1:29, "Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." According to Heb. 9:;26 in his first advent, Christ put away our sin "by the sacrifice of himself."

5. CHRIST CAME TO RESCUE THE SOUL. Because of sin, all humanity is spiritually lost and on their way to a burning hell-Mark 9:43-48 and a Christless eternity-Luke 16:19-31. Eternal hell-the lake of fire-is Satan's final existing place-Rev. 20:10. Satan, however, does not have plans to go there alone. He desires to plunge all humanity with him into that terrible eternal abyss. He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour-I Peter 5:8, he entraps any souls who will accept his deceptive but soul-damning bait-II Tim. 4:3-4. Christ, however, declared that He came for the express purpose to "seek and to save that which was lost"-Luke 19:10. For the justified-justified by Christ's righteousness-I Cor. 1:31, the pathway to glory is like a "shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day"-Prov. 4:18.

6. CHRIST CAME TO RENEW THE SPIRIT. According to Eph. 2:1-2, in our unconverted natural state, our souls were dead in trespasses and sins, without any signs of spiritual life in them. Our souls batteries were completely dead. Nothing we could do by human effort or human merit could revive our spirits. In John 10:10, however, Jesus stated: "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." As the Holy Spirit applied the benefits of the atoning blood to our sin deadened souls, his quickening power brought the regenerating miracle-Titus 3:5, of the new birth in our lives - John 3:3.

7. CHRIST CAME TO RELIEVE THE SORROWS. This earthly journey involves a life filled with sickness, sadness and sorrows. Isaiah the prophet declares that as part of Christ's first advent "He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows." Because Jesus Christ sympathized with our helpless plight and came to this earth, we can truly cast our cares upon Him, "for He careth for us"-I Peter 5:8. As heavy laden sinners, we now can come to Him and find rest for our weary souls-Matt. 11:28.

Genuine believers are eternally grateful that Jesus Christ-the God Man-came to this earth 2,000 years ago. They bow in humble adoration and worship at His feet. They gladly acknowledge Him now as their Lord and king-Phil. 2:11. D. J.

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Seventh Day Adventistism

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Editorial – December 2006 – January 2007 The Fundamentalist Digest; Permission granted for reprint, so long as proper credit is given.
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