Why Did Christ Come to Earth?
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15
This is one of those passages that is often skimmed over in favor of seemingly more interesting ones, but it is central to our understanding of the basis for the Christian mission as it began with the earthly mission of Jesus Himself. Even for those of us who strive and pray for a robust theology that causes us to treasure and glorify the Lord as He truly is, it’s so easy to think – often subconsciously – that the purpose of Christ in our lives is different than seeking and saving the lost (Luke 19:10). We often think His first concern is protecting us from affliction or making all our earthly endeavors successful.
I recently read a book in one of my college classes that proclaimed another startling (but popular) half-truth about the Gospel: “Jesus came to help us discover who we really are.” I balked at this; then the more I thought about it, I realized that if we take this statement in light of Luke 19:10 and 1 Timothy 1:15, then does it become true. But only then. If Jesus came to help us discover who we really are, it was because of this: who we really are apart from Him is wretched, enslaved sinners who are desperate for a Savior. This is the identity He came to reveal…and then to redeem.
With each passing year of life, I become more convinced of my own capacity for desiring and doing evil. Yet, Scripture says we are just the kind of people Christ came with the purpose of saving. Rejoice in that today.
Father, whenever I fail to acknowledge the extent of my sin, I am also failing to acknowledge the extent of Your holiness by contrast. Fill me with confidence concerning both of these realities. Then don’t leave me there. Let the knowledge of my sinfulness and Your holiness cause me to cling more tightly to Christ’s Gospel, which offers salvation to sinners – even the worst of these, as Paul wrote. Cause this Gospel and no other to be my song today, in the name of Jesus, my only hope. Amen.
What are some false missions you have assigned to Jesus? What are some of the specific sins He has redeemed you from, and what aspects of His character serve as the opposite of those sins?
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.