The Purpose of King Jesus Christ
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”~ Matthew 20:28
The key to life is to understand the purpose of it. To understand anything to its full value you must know and understand its purpose, including your life. Purpose is the key to life. One man who has been misunderstood in history is none other than the Nazarene named Jesus Christ. This misunderstanding has led to many not enjoying what he brought on earth because they did not understand his purpose to begin with.
Why did he have to be born?
What precipitated his birth? There is a purpose for every human born on this earth and there are events or things that necessitate our birth so we would make a lasting significance and it was so even with our King, Jesus Christ. When we carefully study the account of creation we immediately see the purposes of different creatures being outlined there. The greatest of those was of humans. When the Creator had created the earth, he realized he needed somebody to take care of it for him and man (species –male and female) was created. Their purpose was to reign on the earth as stewards of their Father (Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.)
Man was given dominion over other creatures of the earth. From the beginning, man was created to dominate the earth, now to fully understand what man was given by God here, it is necessary to go back to Hebrew word for “dominion,” and it is the word “rāḏāh” (H7287, for those with Bible study software) and another one is “maməlāḵāh,” (H4467) both these words mean one thing which is “kingdom.” In the New Testament it is the Greek word “basileia” (G932), it means “kingdom.” Dominion means kingdom. Man was given a kingdom to take care of and to reign on the earth. Upon man was conferred a country to rule and to take care. Earth was/is the colony of heaven, God created it to expand his influence beyond the heavens through man, as he says here, Psalms 115:16 “the heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the Lord's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” Man is responsible for earth.
But as we see in Genesis 3, this did not last. Man committed the greatest act of rebellion against his government; he committed a treason act and sold off the kingdom of heaven to the enemy and was driven off the presence of God and lost his inheritance. In Genesis 3:15 God said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” God promised the enemy to use the same woman to bear a seed that will crush Satan’s head (authority) and claim back his lost kingdom.
This verse made Jesus a necessity to the world because man had actually died; he could no longer know his Creator, let alone himself. Since then till the actually birth of Jesus, God continued to prepare his children through different prophets for the coming of the Messiah who will reconcile them back to him. Thus, the purpose of Jesus was to restore the kingdom of God and man back into that kingdom, everything he did was a means to that end.
How did he know his purpose?
He was born to parents who were highly favoured by God; they were righteous in his eyes. His conception was spoken to Mary by God’s angel, Gabriel. The angel said, “…He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” ~Luke 1:32-33.
He was born a king to restore God’s kingdom on the earth. Luke 2:40 says, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” God himself was with him as a child, nurturing him with wisdom to realize who he is and why he is. We see him when he was 12 years old remaining behind at the temple from his parents after the Feast of the Passover and mesmerizing the teachers of the law with his understanding and wisdom. For three days he was in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
His mother asked him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” His answer was astounding for a twelve year old. He answered them with a question (that was a rabbinic style of communication, rabbis would hardly give a straight answer but would challenge their protégés to think for themselves to gain understanding and wisdom), he said, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house/business?” At twelve years his Father had already revealed his purpose to him, he was born to be about his Father’s business.
What is his Father’s business? He is in a business of saving lost souls, of restoring them back to his kingdom and making them rightful citizens again, I am reminded of Apostle Peter’s words from Exodus 19 (But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1Peter 2:9) and at a tender age of twelve he had seen his role. He was born a saviour, to save all of us who were lost and cast out of God’s kingdom. And from there he grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.
Jesus serving his purpose to the world
At thirty years, we see him beginning his ministry. After being baptized he is led by the Spirit in the desert to face the devil in a test for 40 days. Very crucially, in one of his temptations he actually took Jesus to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world and he said, “I will give you all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” ~Luke 4:1-7.
What did the devil show Jesus? He showed him what man had given him, all the kingdoms (the dominion over the earth). To see what man lost, study what Jesus brought. Man never lost any religion, no religion was ever conferred upon any man but the kingdom of God to reign on this earth and that is exactly what Jesus brought back to humans. He said, “And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me.”~ Luke 22:29.
His very first public statement to open his ministry and declare his purpose according to Matthew is this, “From that time on Jesus began to preach, crying out, ‘Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of God is at hand.’” ~Matthew 4:17 (MSG)
And from there onwards he taught his disciples and preached to the masses nothing but the kingdom of God. “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” ~Matthew 4:23
For full three and a half years he ate, breathed and lived one thing only, the kingdom of God. We “see” him on what is known as the Sermon on the Mount teaching his disciples. He begins in Matthew 5:3 by saying, “Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous-with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favour and salvation) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
The priority was/is the kingdom of God according to the King Jesus, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.
As a Rabbi, he used different ways to describe and explain what a kingdom of God is like, for some of these ways look at Matthew 13 as he teaches through parables to further clarify and elaborate on the kingdom of God. After demonstrating the presence of the kingdom through various miracles, it was time to test whether his disciples understand who he really was. He starts by asking them, “Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am? Matthew 16:13. Difference answers emerged, “Some [say that thou art] John the Baptist: some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” Matthew 16:14.
He turned right back at them and asked them, “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15. It takes a man who is sure of himself to ask others this question because chances are, the feedback is flawed and if he doesn’t know who he is, then he will accept whatever he is told as his true identity. Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16. This was revealed by God himself and Jesus said based on the revelation that he is the Christ, the Son of the living God, he will build his church (Ekklesia). He warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ, verse 20.
Why did he have to die?
As a result of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden, the Spirit of God could no longer indwell man. Simply put, the body of man was corrupt and sinful and never worthy of housing the Holy Spirit of God. This man’s body was supposed to die because it sinned but instead God sent forth his Son to die on man’s behalf and pay the price for man’s sin so that we as humans might be made the righteousness of God, as Apostle Paul puts it in 2Cor 5:21 (For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him).
He died so that our bodies might be clean for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in man again. This is the greatest act of Jesus, to get the Holy Spirit back into us. Remember the Holy Spirit left when Adam allowed the sin to enter his body and Jesus came back to enable the Holy Spirit to come back to his temple.
He said, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”~ Matthew 20:28. His purpose was to be a ransom for us.
The essence of the kingdom of God
The Holy Spirit is the essence of the kingdom of God. The Spirit of God is what made Jesus the Christ, he could not do anything without the Holy Spirit of God. He could say such things as “I and the Father are one,” John 10:30 because of God’s Spirit in him. He prayed earnestly to our Father that all of us as believers may be one, “…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” ~John 17:2.1
It was only after he had died and risen that he could breathe on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” ~ John 20:22.This was a momentous occasion in human history, it meant that the Spirit of God could come back and dwell right in man’s body again, just like God created things to be, they were finally back to normal again. John 20:21, Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,…”
Making sure his message is loud and clear for the last time!
After he conquered death and just before he ascended to heaven, he held the final seminar with his protégés for over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” ~Acts 1:3.
Indeed there is no doubt of his purpose for coming to earth, it was to teach and preach about the kingdom of God and clean our bodies so the Holy Spirit could come back again and usher us back into his kingdom of light. For indeed, “…if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.” ~Romans 8:9