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Series: Why Did Jesus Come?

He Came for Righteousness

He Came for Righteousness

Why did Jesus come? We saw yesterday that he came to help the poor and needy. This is the Jesus everyone seems to accept and to like, Christian or not. Jesus came also for righteousness. He came in obedience to the Father (John 8:42), and he came to preach (Mark 1:38). In numerous New Testament locations it says that Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, meaning quite literally that God is to be followed as King, and how his full…

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He Came to Free Us

He Came to Free Us

Why did Jesus come? During this Holy Week, I’m going to address that question the direct way, by looking at some or all of the fifteen places I’ve been able to find where Jesus answers that question himself. The first is in what I believe was his earliest sermon we have on record, a very short one, in Luke 4:16-21: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the…

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He Came To Give His Life For Us

He Came To Give His Life For Us

Why did Jesus come? In his own words: But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 10:26-28; cf. Mark 10:45). Praying just before his trial, and the death he knew he would soon die, he said, Now is my soul troubled….

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He Came to Rescue Us

He Came to Rescue Us

Why did Jesus come? In his own words, For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. (Luke 19:10, John 12:46-47) The word “save” is perfectly accurate…

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He Came For Truth

He Came For Truth

Why did Jesus come? In his own words (Luke 12:49-53, cf. Matthew 10:34-35): “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two…

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He Came For Life!

He Came For Life!

Why did Jesus come? In his own words (John 10:10), The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. This Easter morning we celebrate life—abundant life—once again. He came to give his life for us, but he came to become the victor over death, the firstborn from among the dead, the resurrected one who opens the way to life for all. This is not the end of the…

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