Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Purpose: Sent to Bear Griefs and Sorrows

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; – Isaiah 53:4

Captured in the Bible verse above is another important assignment of Jesus Christ on earth: He came to bear the griefs and sorrows of humankind. He came to take what is causing pain and sadness in our lives in exchange for a better deal. He came to offer us a better exchange, replacing gloom with joy, lack with abundance, grief with laughter, and a loser mentality with a winning one, among others.

Man plummeted to an unimaginable low after the fall in the Garden of Eden, whilst every indulgence in sin afterwards further sinks us in estate and increases the resistance to our progress. But God’s agenda has never been for us to operate at reduced capacity, that was why He had to send Jesus to come restore us to the heights He had planned for us from the beginning of time. And if we must attain such heights, then such weights as grief, depression, guilt, sorrows, sin-consciousness and others must be set aside (Hebrews 12:1), so that we are free to soar and glorify God in the process.

Now this is better said than done because while it is natural to fall into sin and experience its debilitating effects, it takes a supernatural process to wiggle out of the entanglements of sin and operate above it. It is that supernatural task, which humans cannot undertake themselves, that Jesus came to do on our behalf, taking up our misery and shame and passing on to us His joy and glory.

He took our sins upon Himself and bore all the condemnation for them at the cross so that we are not hindered by their earthly nemesis nor face their eternal consequences. That way, we can live to our fullest potential on earth and still be with our Father in heaven when the earth is no more.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

Purpose: Sent to Restore Israel

And now the Lord says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, So that Israel is gathered to Him. – Isaiah 49:5

Another purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ was to restore Israel back to God.

The people of Israel have always occupied a special place in the heart of God. Even after numerous sins and retributions, as recorded in the Bible, they remain very dear to God. Having called them out of other nations through Abraham, their ancestor, whom He promised a son to who would, in turn, be progenitor to these special people, He has kept faith with them through the ages – establishing and renewing His covenants with them, sustaining and protecting them, answering them whenever they called as well as starting the Agenda of Salvation with them; “for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22).

Despite the many overtures of God, the Israelites were notorious for running afoul of His precepts. The Bible is replete with instances of their up-and-down relationship with God, with various degrees of chastisement that usually followed their violation – the height of which was banishment from the land promised to them and their having to serve as slaves in foreign lands.

Yet, God still orchestrated their return back to the Promised Land and was with them in the process of rebuilding that ensued after that. Nonetheless, their relationship with God was characteristically feisty such that He had to embrace non-Jews, otherwise called the Gentiles, in a covenanted relationship, with all the perks that were originally meant for the Jews thrown into the equation (read Romans 11).

However, God has not given up on His chosen people, Israel, and restoring them to Himself was one of the reasons He sent His beloved Son to the earth (Romans 10). Indeed, God does not give up on anyone; but desires that all may come to Him for own good.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Give Understanding

Purpose: Sent to Give Understanding

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.1 John 5:20

In continuation of our purpose series, let’s consider another purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to the passage above, He has come to give us understanding about God and to enhance our knowledge of Him. These are essentials we need to make the most of our lives, as an appreciable knowledge and understanding of God – His will, His instructions, His (dis)likes, His preferences, etc – will make living a more meaningful, less tedious endeavour.

Merely knowing the precepts of God about various aspects of life and aligning ourselves to conform to His agenda is a major milestone in the race of life. And until the advent of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God was not a widespread affair; but Jesus came to reveal God to humankind by exemplifying Him in His own way of life. The Bible says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18).

Jesus has a privilege that no one can lay claim to; He has been with God through the ages and different dispensations. So He is an authority on God; He knows all there is to know about Him and is qualified to declare Him to humanity. At various times in His sojourn on earth, He declared God’s love, His blessing, His goodwill, His peace, His counsel, His judgement, His anger, among other things, so that we all can know who really God is and conduct ourselves in tandem with His expectations.

“And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (John 19:35).

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Offer Life

Purpose: Sent to Offer Life

Purpose: Sent to Offer Life

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9

Another purpose of Jesus Christ is herewith detailed; He came to offer Himself as a perfect substitute for humanity. He was without sin or guilt, and He had a clean slate. He was also an embodiment of strengths and abilities, nothing can hinder or stop Him. He had vast resources as well, so nothing was beyond or above Him.

Nevertheless, with all these possibilities around Him and the array of splendour, He chose to leave a greater glory in heaven and be counted among sinners on earth. He came to trade off His glory and vast resources for the meagre existence of humans. He came to offer His own life and all that it encompasses to humankind. He came to die the death due to us by virtue of our individual sin.

So He simply came to do an exchange by taking on our imperfect life and putting forward His own perfect life for us before God. He came to change our status on earth, but He did not come to change our identity. By accepting to lay down His life for our sins He assumed our own lives and bodies, our minuses perished with Him in death, even as we become clean and fit to engage God through the new life which Jesus created.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (2)

Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (2)

…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8

In continuation of our meditation on the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to destroy the works of the devil, it is pertinent to note two things: firstly, there is nothing excluded among the devil’s works that Jesus came to destroy. He came to fix them all with no exception. As long as such phenomenon, be it situation, affliction, or development originates from the devil, Jesus has come and is poised to reverse them with no explanation or apology to the devil. He is Lord over all, the devil included.

Secondly, no matter how long the affliction or untoward development emanating from the devil’s stable might have lasted, it doesn’t really make much difference to Jesus, as He has been empowered by God to right the wrong, restore the loss and repair the damage of many years. He only needs to be invited into the situation and He will get to work doing what He does best.

That’s why He could restore the sight of someone who was born blind (John 9); healed the infirmity of someone who had been crippled for 38 years (John 5:5); raised a corpse that had been buried for four days (John 11); straightened a woman who was bent over and could not walk straight for 18 years (Luke 13); as well as reversed in one fell swoop on the cross all the evils that the devil had visited on humanity for thousands of years!

He is that powerful and effective. But He only reigns in the life He is invited and He works only in the situation that is surrendered to Him. Why not invite Him into your life and surrender your woes to Him right away?

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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