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Why Did Christ Come?

by Brother Nathan Price
Taken from a message and edited for publication

Why did Christ come? We have heard many things about Him all our lives. It can all be summarized by reading one scripture.

There is much preached concerning Christ. Through Him salvation is preached, deliverance, hope and healing. But again, why did Christ come? He came to save sinners, did He not? 

But the underlying reason or motive Christ came is found in the first six words of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world.” God loves you. Many times, God is pictured as a very unapproachable, harsh, and demanding being, full of judgment and no mercy. But the real reason Christ came to earth and took up the robes of flesh is because God loved you. The incarnate Son of God was an expression of God’s love for you and me. 

Luke 2:8-16, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

The night Christ was born into the world, an angel appeared to these lowly shepherds and made an announcement. As soon as this announcement was given, there appeared a heavenly host of angels praising God and giving glory to the God of heaven. They were shouting, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” These angels were not celebrating the cross, the suffering, or the rejection from His own people. Rather, they were celebrating the plan of God as it was unfolding. They were celebrating the love of God being put into motion. The idea that heaven appeared that night to celebrate this event marks it as the greatest event in the history of mankind. Heaven itself could not stay in heaven. They recognized the love of God and that now it was being extended to fallen man—God’s crowning creation. The angels saw that man would be able to be saved and redeemed from sin. They saw the hope and peace that was now offered to man. So, this angelic choir burst forth in songs of praise to the great God of heaven. 

Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Sin entered the world through one man. We know that man was Adam. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:18 that “one sinner destroyeth much good.” In the creation, God made a beautiful world and filled it with beautiful things. He created man in His own image. God enjoyed coming down and walking and communing with Adam. Man had fellowship with his Creator. It was a very tender and beautiful thing. God could feel His love being reciprocated back to Him. Yet, this paradise in the garden did not last because we read that by one man sin entered the world.

Genesis 3:23-24, “Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Sin always causes a separation. After Adam and Eve transgressed the commandment, God sent them out of the garden. God could not be near His creation as desired. He loved them, but He could not abide disobedience. 

Notice that God could have destroyed them and started over, but He did not. He still loved them. He still cared for His creation. He still wanted to see them prosper and have families. God is not out to destroy people; He loves people. But sin separates people from a loving God. A holy God cannot accept sin in a person’s heart and life. He has never compromised His stand on sin. He has never condoned sin. God had no choice but to drive Adam and Even from the garden because of sin.

1 John 3:4, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” For Adam and Eve, they had one commandment. That was their law. Sin is defined here as transgressing the law. What law is that? It is the law of God. It is a moral law. Those things we know we should not be doing, but we override the law of God and proceed to do them regardless of the warnings of a loving and faithful God. Eve knew the law of God. She knew exactly what she was doing when she was doing it. She considered what the enemy was telling her, she considered her own thoughts, she reasoned things out, and she went against the known law of God. That was sin. Sin is simply disobeying God. Adam and Eve disobeyed what God told them not to do. That is what caused the separation. Sin is knowing what you are doing when you do it and doing it anyway. 

James 4:17, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” Here, sin is defined as knowing to do good but refusing to do it. There is a sin of omission. Omission is to omit, forbear, or fail to do. You may never go back to the vices of sin that bound you, but when God requires you to do something—to act and obey—and you refuse to submit to the known will of God, it is sin. You may never go back to drugs and alcohol or the lusts of the flesh, but refusing to do what God shows you is also sin. You can sin sitting in your rocking chair. Omission is not a lack of knowledge or a lack of understanding. It is having clear direction and guidance and simply saying, “I am not doing that.” You will never find in the Word of God where God looked favorably upon the sins of His creation. God is not exacting or demanding. He is fair with man. 

Sin is not gradient. In our minds, we give different levels or degrees to how bad sin is. But to God, it matters not how great or insignificant it appears; sin is still sin. God never colored sins. You could rob a bank or rob God of your tithes and offerings; it does not matter to God. It is still sin. You could go out and commit adultery or just look at filthy pictures on the internet. It is all the same. Sin is sin. 

There was a day when sin was laid to our charge. False religion teaches that you cannot help but sin. They will say things like, “Sin you will, sin you must,” “Just do the best you can,” or “We are just sinners saved by grace.” Yet when Christ hung on the cross, bearing the sins of the whole world, He cried out in anguish, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Christ felt the separation from His Father. God had turned His back on His Son because He could not look upon the sins He bore that day. If God could not look favorably upon Christ in those moments, surely He has never looked favorably upon sin no matter who it may be. 

Ephesians 2:1, “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” This is personal. We were dead, separated from that relationship that God desired to have with His creation. We were alive, living, breathing, and going about life. But all the while, we were separated from the One who really loved us. God wanted to be more than the great creator; He wanted to be the God of your life. He wanted to be there for you and help you. But sin caused a death or separation between you and God. We are so glad for the day when we were resurrected from an old life of sin. Sin created a gap, a separation that could not be spanned without real salvation. 

Christ came to earth because God, the creator, could not stop loving His creation. Christ’s obedience that brought Him from heaven to earth, revealing God’s great love. From the beginning of time, God has so desired to have a personal relationship with every man, woman, boy and girl. Sin brought a separation that heaven was not satisfied to see continue. 

Verses 2-3, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” There is a spirit loose in the world today. Sin is the plague of our nation. False religion has done nothing to stem the flow of sin in our land. Sin is not a governmental issue; it is a religious issue. You cannot legislate morality. In the pulpits across our land, truth is being covered up by a multitude of lies. The real truth is that if you have sin your life, you are not going to make heaven your home. God Himself is not satisfied with seeing you miss heaven. 

The writer here said, “Wherein in time past….” Thank God, some things are in the past. In time past, we got tired of sin. That is where real salvation starts. Getting tired of sin will end an up-and-down experience. You can have an experience where you get saved and stay saved. It starts when you truly get sick of sin. That is the key to success for everyone. Get sick of failing, get sick of being up-and-down, get sick of hit-and-miss devotions. If you truly get sick of it, there is nothing that will hold you back from serving God. When you get sick of yourself, your testimony will be, “Wherein in time past….” Repentance will cease to be a reoccurring performance every month, six months or yearly. You can put it in the past. People do not fail because God was not faithful to pick them up when they fell. It is not because God did not give His very best. It is because people fail to get sick enough of sin and having their own way. You can have greater victory than that. You can get far enough down the road of life that you can look back and say, “That is how I used to be. But thank God, I am different now.” Those things can be part of your distant past. 

Verse 4, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.”

If you are tired of failure, sin, and being unsaved, if you are sick of yourself and realize no matter how good you may appear to others, you know you have been a disappointment—you have disappointed God, the saints, and your family. If you have come to that place, there is a kind God awaiting you who is rich in mercy.

God is not an intolerant, harsh, judgmental God. He is a God of mercy and love for His creation. In this life, He is a God of mercy. At the judgment, He will become our judge. But right now, He is extending His hand of mercy, hope and love. When one comes to the place where they finally get sick of sin, we have seen the mercy and longsuffering of God extended. Even after all of that, God casts those sins into the sea of His forgetfulness.

2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 

God is so longsuffering. We have seen people fail repeatedly, and when our patience runs low, God is still waiting there to pick them up. We get discouraged with how people live. We can get weary with their sin and repeated failures. It can be easy for us to write some people off as hopeless cases. The reason Christ came is because God loved hopeless cases. 

A careful study of Christ’s ministry on earth reveals God’s love for the hopeless. We see it in those who spent years in a deplorable condition; God loved them. When society had banished them from sight, God loved them. When they had spent all and only gotten worse, God loved them. When they had lost their reason and cast themselves into the water and the fire, God loved them. When they were to be stoned for their sins, God loved them. When they were carried out in a funeral procession, God loved them. When they had laid dead in a tomb for four days, God loved them. God sent His Son, not to condemn the world but to save it. Why? Because God loved. 

Christ came for the hopeless that they may have hope. He came that they could be whole in soul and body. Christ would not have come to earth, but for the love of God.

Ephesians 2:5-8, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”

He did not love the sins we were doing. But He did not love the separation sin caused either. He looked beyond all that, saw us, and loved us. So, He gave heaven’s best, a payment for our sins. God did not want to see us dead in trespasses and sins. He wanted to raise us up to a life of holiness. He wanted to see us return as the prodigal son who came to himself and returned to his father’s house. He wanted to see us succeed in life and not squander our lives in the hog pen of sin. God said, “Go get them Son, because I love them. Search them out and find them!” 

The Church is to be an extension of Christ, who is an extension of God’s love. The mission of the Church is to seek and to save the lost. 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” Christ came into the world to save sinners. Paul felt he was the chiefest of sinners. None of us did what Paul did. There was a reason Paul felt he was the chief sinner. But God loved him. And it does not matter where you have been, or what you have done; God loves you as well. 

We need to be careful who we think God loves and who He does not love. There are a lot of people doing wicked sins in the world today. It does not matter if it is petty theft or homosexuality; sin is sin. God can deliver from all sin. It does not matter how deep a person has gone in a life of sin. He can deliver from alcoholism, drugs, gambling, and any other sinful vice. God hates the sin but loves the sinner. He loves every soul. God wants to deliver the addict. He wants to separate them from their addiction. He is seeking society’s outcasts and rejects to make broken hearts whole. 

Christ came into this world, not just to establish a religion, but to save sinners. He desires to deliver people from their sins and from the power of those sins. The world did not need any more religion when Christ came. It already had enough religion. The world already had enough of “Do the best you can,” and “Sin you will, sin you must.” Christ came to save sinners. What is salvation without deliverance? 

It stands to reason that if you got saved from a fire, you would no longer be in the fire. If you were saved from drowning, you would no longer be in the water. You would have been pulled from the flames; you would have been pulled out of the water. Yet, false religion goes so far as to teach that one gets saved, but they remain a sinner. It does not make any sense. That is not salvation. If you really get saved from something, you are no longer in that shape. Those sins no longer have dominion over you. You do not have to go and do those things anymore. 

The message of salvation brings hope. It brings the hope of a better life than a life of sin. It brings the hope of a new life, a new beginning, and a fresh start. 

1 John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” The blood of Christ still washes away all sin. It cleanses us from all sin—from every last one. It did not wash away the majority while leaving us with a few minor sins. It washed away all sin: the secret sins, the little sins, and the big sins. Real salvation will not leave you an addict. It will not leave you with reduced sins. You will not be still drinking a little or smoking cigarettes just a little bit. Salvation delivers from all of your sins. It will deliver you from the sins of envy, pride and contention. 

God desired to have the relationship that sin severed. Sin is what severed God’s relationship with Adam and Eve in the beginning. Because of their disobedience, God could no longer walk with them in the cool of the day. He could no longer commune with man as He had before. God was not satisfied with that. He knew that man would eventually make a wrong decision. So, before all of this, He devised a plan of redemption. No matter how far man went in a life of sin, God wanted him to have a path back.

Hebrews 10:4-5, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” When Christ was to be incarnated and take on the robes of flesh, He fully realized that the sacrifices of bulls and goats could never remove the separation between man and God. Sin is the issue. It has always been the issue between God and His creation. 

Hebrews 5:8-9, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” Christ learned obedience by the things He suffered. He became the perfect and complete sacrifice for sin. He became the author of eternal salvation. He wrote a happy ending to every soul that comes and gets saved. He wrote a good ending to an otherwise sad story. If it were not for salvation, the story of our lives would have had a sad ending. But thank God for when we got honest, came repenting, and told God, “With your help, Lord, I will turn away from all my sins.” Christ did a rewrite, put hope and peace in our hearts, and gave us a happy ending. Christ gave us an ending that reads, “And they all lived happily ever after.” 

Christ came because it was what mankind needed. He was the only perfect and acceptable sacrifice for sin. He came to author salvation and bring back God’s creation into a right relationship with their Creator. Christ was humble, submissive, and the only mediator that could go to His creation and show them the way back to the Father. He was the only one who could be incarnated, come to this world, bring the Father’s doctrine, and show the way to salvation. And He came to point you back to God. 

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”