Why Jesus Came
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” - (John 10:10)
Ever since childhood, I have always had a great admiration for the historical person known as Jesus. I had seen all of His movies. I thought very highly of Him.
As a little boy, I lived with my grandmother for a few years. I would thumb through her big family Bible and look at the pictures of Jesus. She also had a picture of Jesus hanging on the wall. I would stare at it and think, “I wish I could have known that man, Jesus.”
The one thing I didn’t like about the life of Jesus was how the story ended. I thought it should have been rewritten with a happier ending. The part about Him being crucified wrecked everything. He was on this great roll, healing people and teaching people. But then it all came to an end. Why did they have to put Him on a cross and kill Him?
It wasn’t until after I became a Christian that I realized that the crucifixion of Jesus actually was the primary reason that He came to Earth in the first place.
Jesus came to die. He spoke of it frequently and in great detail. His arrest and crucifixion didn’t take Him by surprise. Jesus summed it up well when He told His disciples, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).
You see, Jesus was born to die that we might live. Have you accepted the gift of eternal life that Jesus purchased with His death? If not, you can accept that gift today. To learn more, please see How to Know God.
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