Most think John 3:16 is the sole reason Jesus agreed to be born in the flesh and live among us. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Him for this amazing sacrificial act so that the sin barrier could be removed and an eternity with God can be our true spiritual reality. Jesus also came to teach us how to live God’s law of love towards God, others and self. But there’s more! Luke 4:18-19 reveals other reasons why Jesus came: to heal the broken-hearted (emotional), to set captives free (spiritual), and to bring physical healing (physical). That’s what some might call a holistic approach. There’s still one more important reason He came.
Jesus came to reveal that He is God. The Jews were unaware of His existence and thought (and still do today) that the One we call God the Father is the only true God. Of course, we know differently that God is triune and consists of God the Father, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit, but they didn’t have a clue. Over time, He gave proofs that He is God. God heals supernaturally. That was part of Jesus’ ministry. The purpose of the healings was both to establish His authority and to get people’s attention. God forgives sin. Jesus taught on a number of occasions that He could forgive sin.
Unfortunately, the spiritual leaders of the day were spiritually blind and could not or would not see the blessed significance of Jesus’ words and actions. They chose to see it as blasphemy, when nothing could be farther from the truth. When Nicodemus came to see Christ in the dark of night, he did share at that time that he and his fellow spiritual leaders knew that He came from God. That’s as far as it went at the time. They just could not make the leap of faith to seeing that Jesus was, is and always will be God.
Father God, please help all to understand things about Jesus that they may not have understood before. Help all to embrace the truth about Him and why He came to be among us in the flesh. May You help us embrace the truth about you and God the Holy Spirit as well. In Jesus’ name, amen.
That’s today’s encouraging word.
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