7548 - Born with a Purpose

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Thank you for joining us again today.

Let’s focus today on Jesus Chirst as the unique One who was born with a specific and important purpose.

The four gospels are our primary sources for knowledge about the earthly life of Jesus Christ. However, at least three secular historians – Josephus, Tactius and Suetonius – have written of Him, and many historians confirm the historical record of the existence of Jesus and His earthly life and death.

The mission of Jesus on earth was threefold. First, His life was to reveal the nature of the Father to mankind. Second: His reliance and dependence upon the Father demonstrated to Christians the manner in which we are to live – totally dependent upon Jesus Christ who lives within each of us to guide and direct our lives. Third: Jesus came to redeem mankind.

According to the divine Heavenly plan, the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ was necessary to pay the price for sin in the place of each sinner. The consequences of Satan’s lies to Eve and Adam are far reaching. All mankind is warped and suffer because of Satan’s work. Jesus came to give men and women life and release from the devil’s hold. His blood was the only sufficient sacrifice to pay for man’s sin. (Rom. 5:17; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 2:14-17; 9:14; 10:3-10; 12:2; 1 Pet. 1:18-20)

The reconciliation made possible through Jesus Christ is the avenue by which those who come under the authority of Jesus Christ may be outfitted and empowered to stand against the present, evil world system while each one lives out life here on earth. Furthermore, it is also the avenue by which those who trust Jesus Christ are permitted to enter the glorious eternity to join with all the godly in worshipping and praising the triune God. (John 1:12; Rom. 5:10; 8:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:19; Gal. 1:4; 2:20; 6:14; James 2:5; Rev. 5:13-14)

Friend, the agony which came upon Jesus at the moment of receiving the sins of humanity cannot fully be understood by mere humans, for it was in that moment that God the Father had to turn His back upon Jesus; and for the first time in history fellowship between the Father and Son was broken. Jesus had willingly sacrificed His own life – it was not taken from Him. (Habakkuk 1:13; Matt. 27:46; John 10:18)

In God's overall plan the life and death of Christ were both necessary for Him to destroy the works of the devil. The devil was absolutely defeated through the life and death of Jesus. The plan of redemption was completed by the death of Jesus. "It is finished," the words uttered by Jesus on the cross, proclaimed to all created beings that the victory was complete. (John 16:11; 19:30; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8)

Since the plan of redemption was completed once for all, it must be broadcast throughout time that there is salvation in no other. By an act of our will we surrender to Him, accept the gift of eternal life, which He offers to everyone, choose Him as Savior and honor Him as Lord. The message of the cross remains, in our day, as in Paul's, a stumbling block to some and folly to others; but it has brought peace to the conscience of millions. (John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 1:18,23)

According to the book of Matthew Jesus remained in the grave for three days and three nights. But friend, the repose of Jesus while in the tomb was different from the demise of others. Scripture says that the body of Jesus did not experience decay. While in the grave the Bible tells of Jesus descending to the lower, earthly regions. Many conclude that this speaks of Jesus’ trip to the dwelling place of the dead where he proclaimed the good news of His victory over sin and death to those fallen angels, which are being kept in gloomy dungeons where they are being held for judgment. (Ps. 16:10; Matt. 12:40; Acts 2:27,31,32; 13:34,35,37; 1 Peter 3:18-19; 2 Peter 2:4)

His willing sacrifice in our behalf should compel us to stand in awe, and weep with joy in appreciation and love for Jesus. (Rom 5:10)