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Why Did Jesus Come Into the World?

Updated on September 23, 2009
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Cari Jean is a freelance writer and author. Her inspiring memoir "Having Faith" is available on Amazon. She resides in North Dakota.

Why did Jesus come into the world?

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Why do you think Jesus came into the world? In my poll you will find some possible answers. Why don't you take a moment to see if you can answer the question.

Each of the choices sounds like the right answer, doesn't it? But this is not a trick question - Jesus Himself said that He came into the world for one of these reasons. The answer can be found in John 18:37.

Let's start with John 18:33. The Jews have taken Jesus to be questioned by Pilate. He asks Jesus "Are you the king of the Jews?" Following Jewish tradition, Jesus responds with his own question. "Is that your own idea or did others talk to you about me?" (John 18:34.) "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?" (John 18:35). Bear with me, we are getting close to the answer.

Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my Kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36)

"You are a King then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." (John 18:37)

If you answered, to testify to the truth, you are correct. We know the answer to the question but what does this mean? Even Pilate asks, "What is truth?"

What is Truth?

According to the definition for the word testify is: to bear witness to; affirm as fact or truth. But again, what is truth?

Let's go back to truth is the conformity with fact or reality.

Did you know that in 1828 Noah Webster's dictionary gave this as an example when defining truth: "to rely on the truth of spiritual prophecies." Webster seemed to think that spiritual prophecies were based on truth. How far we as a society have come from defining what truth means!

Today, the many people in the world believe truth to be relative. They feel each person can have their own version of the truth - that there is no ONE truth out there.

Jesus said he came to bear witness and to affirm the truth. What truth was He talking about? In the book of John alone, truth is mentioned 50 times. It seems like it was important to Him and that it should be important to us.

We as Christians are to believe that The Word of God is Truth. And according to the definition of the word truth, we are to view the Bible as fact or reality.


Sometimes it's hard for Christians to face the truth. But if it's hard for us, how much harder is it for the world? How can one face the truth or believe in the truth if they can't even define the truth? If we believe the Word to be truth, then how insane is the world? Insanity is, after all, losing touch with reality. Losing touch with the truth.

I believe it's becoming more and more common for people to believe that truth is subjective. If Jesus came into the world to testify to truth, it is up to us Christians who are supposed to be seeking the truth to help the rest of the world understand what truth really is. If that is the case, the video below proves we have a lot of work to do!

What is Truth?

The Truth Project

I, myself, have the fortunate opportunity to take a class through my church called "The Truth Project" put together by Focus on the Family. If you ever get the opportunity, I strongly recommend it. I look forward to writing more hubs on what I learn in the class.


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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      EphremHagos - Once again, you have provided great insight. I also like the question that you pose - That if all claims are discredited, what is the standard of truth to follow? SOme feel truth is subjective which leads one to ask silly questions like "is a chair really a chair??"

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      EphremHagos 6 years ago from Addis Ababa

      Hi, everyone: I have one question.

      Jesus said, "If I testify on my own behalf, what I say is not to be accepted as real proof." He also said that he does not need a man's witness.(John 5:31,34)

      If ALL claims are discredited, therefore, what is the standard of truth to follow?

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      EphremHagos 6 years ago from Addis Ababa

      Cari Jean,

      There is a development between John 14: 6, 18-21 and 19: 30-37, often overlooked at great cost, which clearly shows the PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF TRUTH sustainably proved beyond any shadow of doubt in Christ's powerful self-revelation, a.k.a., "source of life", in his characteristic death on the cross (Matt. 27: 50-56).

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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      EphremHagos - thanks so much for your comment. Thanks for sharing and for the scriptures as well.

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      EphremHagos 6 years ago from Addis Ababa

      Jesus said, "I have come in order that you might have life--life in all its fullness." (John 10:10)

      Jesus Christ came into the world in order to resume God's act of creation of the first man in his own image: "life-giving Spirit" and "source of life". We can now be "born spiritually of the Spirit" and receive eternal life dispensed at Christ’s Spirit-active, perfect and diacritical death on the cross.

      (Gen. 2: 7-9; John 3: 6-15; 8: 21-32; 10: 34-36; 12: 32-36; 14: 6. 18-21; 16: 25-26; 19: 30-37)

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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Brian - I guess that's why Jesus is truth and Satan is the father of lies - total opposites. Thanks for your comment.

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      Brian 6 years ago

      Truth is the opposite of false.

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      Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      VENZKHVAM - thanks so much for your comment. praise God that one day we will live with him in eternity - a world free from sin and sickness!

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      He came into the world for guiding all this sheep's in a systematic way in the society to wards a healthy and happy world free of sin.

      ale luya

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      flpalermo - thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject matter.

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      flpalermo 7 years ago

      He came to do the Father's will.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      kathryn1000 - thanks for your comment.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      pjk - I guess I'm not really sure how to respond to your comment. I disagree because Jesus was a man and and I know we will physically see Him someday. He is God who came to us in the form of a human being. That's why His Kingdom is of a different place - meaning His home was never meant to be here on earth.

      I know I am a child of God but I know I am not the Father. I did not take part in the creation of God or of Jesus so how can I be a father to them?

      Jesus does exist in my heart but I also know that I will see him oneday and I look so forward to that time.

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      kathryn1000 7 years ago from London

      Yes,a good point.Otherwise it's a circular argument.It's true because it says it's true.

      Still.we cam all learn!

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      pjk_artist 7 years ago from Turkey Point, ON

      You said "Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my Kingdom is from another place." (John 18:36) "

      PJK - That bit of scripture is very telling isn't it? The author of this bit is trying to get the reader to realize that "the truth" is Jesus is/was not a man...he can never be seen in this physical world. His kingdom is from another place.

      PJK - There is only one truth Cari. Any person of good heart who discovers it finds himself needing to tell as many as he can about it...because they, like he, had it all wrong. Truth is...Jesus exists only within you. Scripture says it over and over and over. NOT only are YOU the son of God...YOU are the FATHER as well!

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      OmNaser - thanks for your contributing comment. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      OmNaser 7 years ago from kuwait

      He came to the world because God sent him to order his followers to worship God as one . And follow God's commandments.

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      Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      VivekSri - thank you so much for your kind words and your encouragement. I truly appreciate it!

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      VivekSri 7 years ago

      Excellent hub indeed. You write in a easy flowing style and tweak thoughts. Keep the good work going by continue making new hubs. I look forward to reading more of them to rake my head!

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      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Dave - I know! I love his definition! Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Dave Mathews 8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      It seems like Noah Webster was way ahead of the time, with his definition and explanation of "TRUTH".

      Brother Dave.

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      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Phanti - thank you so much for your comment and your encouraging words. There are some truly disconnected people out there and I can't understand how people can make it without beieving and trusting in HIM - esp. in this crazy world. Be Blessed!

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      Phanti 8 years ago from Levack, Ontario

      What a great Hub! Your writing style is very good as well. The video unfortunately didn't surprise me. I read The Bible everyday and I was brought up that Sunday was a day for Church and family, that was just a "Truth". My friends families were the same. It seems to me that that has been lost by the later generations. It's sad how dis-connected most people seem to be from thinking of God first. I pray that you keep seeking the truth and can influence others to do the same thing.

      God Bless!

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      Gicky Soriano 8 years ago from California

      I liked how you unpacked and processed what it meant for Jesus "to testify to the truth" in John 18:36-37. It was, in fact, the perfect answer for the likes of Pilate who asked, "What is truth?" While what Jesus said is especially applicable today for a generation of people who believe that "truth is subjective," my answer to your poll would remain "All of the above."

      If we read the synoptic gospels in its entirety, each writer addresses the question as to "Why did Jesus come into the world?"

      In the Gospel of Matthew, the angel revealed to Joseph "She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Mt 1:21).

      In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus revealed his purpose to his disciples, "For the Son of Man came not to be be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mk 10:45).

      In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus unrolled the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, he announced the mission of God for his life "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to to bring the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release of the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Lk 4:18-19).

      And in the Gospel of John, it is written "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).

      Based on the four gospels, Jesus did fulfill all four reasons for his coming into the world: to save the world, to set the captives free, to testify to the truth, and to fulfill the prophecies. As you said, "If Jesus came into the world to testify to truth, it is up to us Christians who are supposed to be seeking the truth to help the rest of the world understand what truth really is."

      May we all continue in our quest to keep seeking the truth.

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      Justcallmeleroy 8 years ago

      The Truth is the Word very good hub we have a little in common my heart is diseased and I live with the fact that only My Lord Jesus Christ is who sustains me. He is wonderful. Amen

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      Cari Jean 8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Thank you all so much for your comments! We must keep seeking TRUTH!

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      Kim Garcia 8 years ago

      Absolutely Wonderful!! You speak the Truth sister!! People have come so far from the truth, but Jesus said; "I am the Way, Truth and Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 Thank you for this message!!

      Peace n' Blessings!! ~ K

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Cari Jean,

      This is a good hub,

      All of God's Word is True. It is so important that

      we know what His Word says, means and then apply it in our lives daily.

      Thank you for sharing


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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Very good Hub. I have taken the Truth Project training as well. The DVD set is fabulous. Thanks for this fine article.

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      sooner than later 8 years ago

      Cari Jean-

      I like the video about truth. One thing that comes to my mind about "truth" is what the critics have to say about the Bible. These poor kids don't know what to say.

      should we believe in the Bible completely? Yes, absolutely- the most "absurd" stories have historical credability. We havn't had archeology look for Biblical evidence until the last 100 years. New findings every day support the book of Daniel, the story of Joseph, the time period of the pharaoh's match Moses's description. The Egyptians replaced the Pharaoh with an illigitimate step son the same time period Moses left Egypt. And it's all recorded.

      Arm these children with the knowledge of truth. Satan has been busy for a long time. We are in the time of "confusion" I would like to mail you a video with some incredible archeological evidence by people devoted to uncover the mysteries.


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