Why Did Jesus Come to Earth? Why Did God Enter Time?

10 May

Why Did Jesus Come To Earth?

It begins with the assumption that Jesus DID come to earth.

  • Jesus is the most well-attested historical person from the ancient world. Historical knowledge and reference to him far exceeds that of any person of antiquity—this would include the likes of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Plato, Socrates, or anyone else a person could think of.

  • When it comes to leaders of various faiths, so little is known about some religious leaders of the past that they are more legendary than historical. Not so with Jesus. In fact, to deny the existence or historicity of Christ is as intellectually dishonest as it would be to deny the holocaust—no self-respecting or legitimate person would be so brazen to do it.

So Jesus did, in fact, come to earth.

And if so… what did he come to do?

Well, the Bible teaches that Jesus was not only a regular human being coming to earth in order to restore social justice or to point to a particular deity. Indeed! No, rather Jesus came as a being who was a single person, but one with two natures—that is to say, Jesus was God Incarnate… God in the flesh. And this Jesus—the Christ (Jesus, the Messiah) was what Christians call the God-Man. He was AND IS a person, the only person, with a divine and a human nature. Fully man, fully God. Jesus was and IS God in the flesh.

One wonders, Why in the world would God come to earth? And it’s important to understand that Christianity does not teach that it was God the Father who came to earth, but that God—in His infinite and unknowable wisdom, existed eternally in the past as Father, Son and Spirit—and that these three persons COLLECTIVELY formed one God. I know, it’s hard to wrap your mind around… but Christianity and the Bible and ALL GREAT LEADERS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH THROUGHOUT HISTORY who have held a biblical view on God, have taught that God existed in that Holy Tri-unity—the Holy Trinity, Father, Word or Son, and Spirit—a united and unified Spirit Being in three non-contradictory expressions, and that this God fashioned His eternal Son, often called the Second Person of the Trinity, into the likeness of a man—meaning, God the Son, who became the Person of Jesus Christ, took on flesh—a human body—and was implanted, mysteriously and supernaturally into the womb of the Virgin, Mary, and as the Holy Spirit “overshadowed” her—NOT IMPREGNATED HER, but as He caused her, non-sexually to conceive, this Mary became pregnant without the aid of man, and began to carry the God-Man, the Christ… the MESSIAH in her womb… and That Baby, secretly the God of the Universe in human form, the one and ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of God, was ultimately born and named Yeshua… Joshua the Messiah… or what the English speaking world knows as “Jesus Christ.”

Why did the Incarnation happen? Why did God become flesh? Why was there a theological need for God to enter time? Why did this being or personage need to be fully man? Why did he need to be fully God?

Oh, there’s so much to this… more will have to be said later, no doubt, but the primary answer lies in this:

Because the Bible says in Luke chapter 19 verse 10, that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost…. And HE DID THIS because Jesus came to RECONCILE HUMANITY WITH GOD.

In an earlier podcast I mentioned that humanity was estranged from God and that this existential lostness and brokenness of relationship was caused by sin. Meaning, that in the Garden of Eden, humanity began in innocence… but then humanity corrupted themselves through, first, being deceived treacherously, and ultimately, in willful disobedience.

This event is called The Fall of Humanity or, sometimes, the Fall of Man. And The Fall meant that the original state of innocence was now violated and that all humanity would thereafter be estranged from God due to sin.

But God sent Jesus as a MEDIATOR who would resolve that broken relationship by restoring it. A mediator is one who represents all parties involved. And Jesus became the One Mediator between God and Humanity—representing God AS GOD and representing Man AS A MAN. Hence, the God-Man. And because He was fully God and fully Man, Jesus was the only person fit to become the Messiah.

So AS A MAN, Jesus offered Himself to God, on a cross, as a blood sacrifice REPLACING AND SUPPLANING ALL OTHER NECESSARY LIVING SACRIFICES TO GOD- ONCE AND FOR ALL—AND BECAUSE HE WAS A PERFECT MAN, He gave Himself as this offering FOR MAN… but because He was (and is) also God, this offering was accepted by God, because only God can forgive sin and save people from sin.

So, in a crude sense, Jesus came to save us from our sin— that is the CAUSE of Jesus’ coming, but the EFFECT of Jesus’ coming is reconciliation.

That Jesus, through his singular, unthinkable, unrepeatable, act of sacrifice, made the way for all people of all times and all places—to come to God and to receive forgiveness and to thereby restore their relationship with God in Christ alone through faith in Him alone.

And for a person to take advantage of that, an individual simply needs to place his or her faith in the finished work of Christ that he completed on the cross.

To learn more about that, specifically, and how to put all of this together in your own life, check out my May 10, 2008 podcast entitled “What Does It Mean To Become a Christian?”

http://freddycardoza.mypodcast.com/2008/05/What_Does_It_Mean_To_Become_a_Christian-107825.html

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2 Responses to “Why Did Jesus Come to Earth? Why Did God Enter Time?”

  1. Adam Pastor May 21, 2008 at 11:55 pm #

    Greetings Dr. Freddy CardozaYou state <>“It begins with the assumption that Jesus DID come to earth.”<>Well indeed, there was <>a man<> born miraculously by the power of the living GOD; just as the angel of GOD said would happen [Luke 1.35]However, then you list quite a few <>assumptions<>That is, …1) that Jesus was not only a regular human being coming to earth in order to … point to a particular deity. 2) Jesus came as a being who was a single person, but one with two natures3) that is to say, Jesus was God Incarnate… God in the flesh. that is to say, Jesus was God Incarnate… God in the flesh. And this Jesus—the Christ (Jesus, the Messiah) was what Christians call the God-Man. He was AND IS a person, the only person, with a divine and a human nature. Fully man, fully God. Jesus was and IS God in the flesh.4) One wonders, Why in the world would God come to earth? And the list goes on …Where do the scriptures declare such things?Point 1Peter speaks of Christ as <>a man<> approved of GOD.[Acts 2.22]Although Jesus is indeed the virgin-conceived, sinless, Son of GOD. He is indeed <>a human being, a man!<>That is how he describes himself [e.g. John 8.40]; and that is how his disciples described him.And indeed in his ministry he does indeed point to ONE particular deity, <>the ONE GOD, his Father, who he calls in John 17.3, “the only true GOD”.<>Point 2The Scriptures say nothing about Christ possessing “two natures”Point 3 & 4The scriptures do NOT use terms such as <>“God Incarnate, God in the flesh; the God-Man; Fully man, fully God; God coming to earth”<>However, the Scriptures do indeed give us a hint of the pagan roots of the doctrine of incarnation, “gods in the flesh”,<>“The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.”<>See Acts 14:11-18.Now I ask you, if Jesus was indeed “God Incarnate, God in the flesh;”wouldn’t Acts 14.11ff be the perfect opportunity for Paul & Barnabas to declare such a thing?For example, <>“there are no gods such as Jupiter or Mercury.There is solely one God who has come down to us in the likeness of man & his name is Jesus”<><>Yet they say no such thing. Jesus isn’t even mentioned!!<> Hmmm! Rather, they say “we should turn from these vanities unto the living God”.Good advice!!Thus, in contrast, the early church declared that Jesus of Nazareth is the Lord Messiah [Luke 2.11, Col 3.24, 1 Cor 8.6];he is the <>man Christ Jesus.<>(1 Tim 2:5) <>For there is one God<>, and one mediator between God and men, <>the man Christ Jesus;<>No mention of a “God-man”.For more info,I recommend this video:< HREF="http://www.jesusishuman.com" REL="nofollow">The Human Jesus<>Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.Yours In MessiahAdam Pastor(1 Cor 8:4) … that there is none other God but one.(1 Cor 8:6) But to us there is but <>one God, the Father<>, of whom are all things, and we in him;and <>one Lord, Jesus Christ<>, by whom are all things, and we by him.

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  2. Ronnie Spraggs March 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    There is also an enormous amount of historical information attestant to the fact that Jesus Christ was a homosexual. As was Mohammed. They both led lives of active homosexuality, and were proud of the fact, and as the two greatest human beings, as well as living gods that have ever existed, what does that say about the perversion that is the modern christian and islamic clerical hatred of homosexuality, and persecution of homosexuals?

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