Jesus came not only to teach but to save, not only to reveal God to mankind but also to redeem mankind for God. John R. W. Stott
Jesus came to reveal.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve walked with God. However, because of their sin, they distanced themselves from God. When we sin, we put a wall between us and God. Thankfully, Jesus’ death crumbled that wall. We will never have the sort of relationship (on earth) God desired to have with his creation when he made Adam and Eve, as God is Holy and cannot be around sin (which is why he turned away when His Son took on all of the world’s sin on the cross).
However, we are still able to draw close to God in spirit. When we sin, we find it is hard to even meet with God in spirit.
Sometimes that sin is something “earthly”, meaning we have done something in our natural life that goes against God, whether it be a sin of dishonesty, adultery, or unkindness. Sometimes our sin is of a spiritual nature, meaning we grieved the Spirit because we ignored God’s desires for our lives. We heard him call, and we ignored him. Maybe God urged us to pray or read our bible, and we closed off our hearts and went about our day. Maybe he moved us to reach out to a person, yet we decided we didn’t have the time.
Since the day God created earth, his creation (mankind) has turned away. Eve listened to the serpent who questioned what God had really asked of her. Surely God did not say she could not partake of this tree! Right? That is the question the devil asks all of us on a regular basis.
“Surely it is okay for you to do this. Does the bible really say this is unacceptable? What’s the harm, eh?”
When we allow this sort of thought to run our minds and hearts, we separate ourselves from God. Before long, we are so far away, it seems impossible to get back.
This is the story of mankind. Throughout the bible, we see people, who were once close to God, wandering away from Him. Not only are they wandering away, but they are leading their family and friends in a similar direction.
Jesus came to reveal God to us. To show us the way. To lead us back.
Jesus came to redeem.
Not only did Jesus come to show us His Heavenly Father, He came to redeem us as well. He could have come to earth, pointed to heaven, and said, “Hey, that’s God. Serve Him.” He could have lived a great life, taught us many lessons, then left. Adios. Good-bye. But that’s not how it went. He lived a great life. He taught us may lessons. He revealed God to us. Then He died for our sins.
He redeemed us. He bridged the gap. That’s what sin is; sin is a deep, dark pit that prevents us from reaching God. The cross was once a symbol of a horrible death, but now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the cross is a symbol of life. It is the bridge that allows us to access God.
However, redemption is a gift. It is something we have to accept, open, and use. If we don’t, it’s useless. Jesus offers salvation to all, but so many refuse it. Others listen to the gospel and say, “Hmm, that sounds good, but I want to do my own thing for a while. Maybe later I’ll open this gift, but, for now, I’m just going to set it aside.”
Jesus will come to restore.
Jesus’ first “visit” to earth was as a lowly man. When He comes again, it will be in all His Heavenly glory. He came to reveal and redeem. When He comes again, it will be to gather His redeemed and restore the Kingdom of God.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and Jesus has given you the best gift of love ever! Have you accepted it? Have you picked it up? Have you opened it? And most of all, have you used it? Have you put on the cloak of salvation? If not now, when?