I really wanted to title this post, “Why Did Jesus Come to the Earth?”, but I felt like that would’ve been too obvious of a question. So, we’re going to stick with the question we have, which is simply, “Why did the Son of God become man?”
Honestly, most people would say that the answer is the same for both questions. I’m sure our poster #nextyearsgirl, the author of post found in the first part of this series, would agree. In her own words:
“According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven.”
Let’s be fair here: yes, that was a major portion of Jesus coming from Heaven. But that wasn’t His express purpose. (For those of you that don’t know, the phrase “express purpose” is defined as “specific object; explicit and sole goal. Used to describe the reason one committed a particular act, especially if the motivation is somewhat unusual.” (Urban Dictionary))
If that was His express purpose, then the whole 33 years that He lived on the earth would’ve been for nothing. If the only reason Jesus came to the earth was to die on the cross, why not just be incarnated as an older human (those of us who know the Scriptures know this is possible), pretend to be from out of town, preach for a few days leading up to Passover and then get crucified?
That would make more sense than being born as a baby to Virgin woman, live and preach for 33 years, gain a following with 12 specifically chosen to spread His teachings, and then go through a mock trial and crucified.
But that’s exactly what He did! So, this begs the question to be asked, “Why did the Son of God (Jesus) become man?”
Here’s a quick(-ish) rundown as the purpose for Jesus coming to the earth.
We all know full well that the laws that God gave the Israelites were completely incapable of producing righteousness. “…yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law…” (Galatians 2:16a)
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for it righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” (Galatians 2:21)
So, Jesus’ death was give us a new form of righteousness, one that the law could never give. At the same time, His coming into the world was not just to die, but to model a life lived for God. He taught and showed us how to live a life for God.
Jesus Himself told His disciples, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6) He came to show us the way to God. And what is that way?