Peninsula Community Church
He Came with a Purpose
December 8, 2013
John 1:14-18 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
In this passage, John makes a doctrinal statement based on the fact of Christ’s birth. This statement has changed the way we view life and what we think about ourselves. If we could fully grasp the meaning of this statement, we would be humbled and we would be filled with overwhelming gratitude and awe. What is this statement? It is this. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Think about that for a moment?
Jesus Came. The Word became flesh. Imagine the implications of this passage, if you will. The very Son of God left Heaven to become the son of man. He came to dwell with us. The Word, which was Christ, became flesh. The God of the universe took on the flesh of man. He clothed himself with the earthly body of His own creation. In doing so, He took on the nature of man so we could take on the nature of Christ.
But why did Jesus come? What was the plan in this? What was the purpose of His coming as the Son of Man. The fact is God did have a plan in mind. He did come with a purpose in mind. This was not an exercise of futility. This was not an act of self promotion. Jesus came as the son of God to be the son of man.
In Philippians 2:5-11 Paul makes the following statement that brings this into perspective. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
He came in flesh so that we could connect with Him. One of the fallacies propagated about Christ’s coming is that somehow God needed to do this. Some would say that Christ came so that God would somehow have a better understanding of who man is. The truth is, when Christ came as a man He did not need to understand man because He created mankind in His image. He already understood everything there was to know about mankind. He knew what made man tick. He knew man’s thoughts. He knew the propensity of his man’s heart toward sin. He knew all about his struggle to belong and to have purpose in life.
The Psalmist clarifies the knowledge God had about us when he stated For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Psalm 139:13-16).
the LORD-knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath (Psalm 94:11).
O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether (Psalm 138:1-4).
Why then did He come? He came as a man so that we could understand God and not the other way around. He came as a man so we would catch a glimpse of who God is. You see according to the Old Testament no man had seen God face to face because if he was to do he would die because of the glory and holiness of God. He came as a man so that He could achieve what no one else or anything else could achieve, and that is to connect man with God and provide a way for the forgiveness of sin once and for all.
He became that bridge we needed to fill the gap between God’s holiness and man’s sin. He became the bridge between what was evidenced by sin and what mankind and the world was meant to be by way of redemption. Jesus came to be the mediator between God and mankind. The only way for Him to accomplish this was to become man and at that He had be a sinless man.
He came to give us grace and truth. You see the law was truth but there was not much grace in it how it was carried out. We must understand that grace is the unmerited favor of God bestowed upon an undeserving people. Grace is not contingent so much on the one receiving the grace as it is on the one giving the grace. This grace has no strings attached. He freely gives grace to all.
The term grace is an interesting one. Grace in the New Testament is derived from the Greek word “charis.” In secular Greek, charis was related to chairo, “to rejoice.” As far back as Homer it denoted “sweetness” or “attractiveness.” It came to signify “favor,” “goodwill,” and “lovingkindness” — especially as granted by a superior to an inferior. In the New Testament the word takes on a redemptive quality in that salvation is given by God with grace. He
But he also brings truth. The problem existing too often is that we preach grace without truth. Truth is a critical and an undeniable part of what Christ has done for us. He came as truth. He said himself that “I am the way, the truth and the life.” When we only present one side of the equation we miss the mark of Christ’s intent. We need grace and truth in our lives.
He came so that we might experience Him. The problem for man is that he could not see God. If this occurred he would die. The only man ever to come close to seeing God was Moses. God prepared a way for us. we can now sit at His table not as a slave but as a child.