Jesus came to save humanity from death and sin and to establish the kingdom of God. Let’s start with why we needed saving in the first place.
God the Father created all things through Jesus Christ, God the Son. He created man to be in union with Him and gave man authority over all the Earth, man could communicate with God and follow His will on Earth. God told Adam He could eat of any tree except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lets call this the tree of morals.
The devil came along tricked Eve into eating from that tree by convincing her that God wasn’t good and that He was preventing them from eating from the tree because then they would be like God knowing about morals and things so she shared the fruit with Adam. When they believed the lie of the devil they gave their authority on Earth to the devil and they became ashamed because now they realised they were naked and they thought this was bad so they hid from God in their shame.
When God came walking through the garden He called out to them and they hid in the bushes and when He asked “Where are you?” Adam replied “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” You see the shame made man afraid of God and they hid because they were naked and they started blaming each other for eating the fruit.
Man has been hiding from God in shame ever since BUT God is not ashamed of us, He knows us naked and clothed and all He has is Love for us. There is nothing you can do to make God change His Love for you and His Love is perfect!
So what’s the problem? In our shame we can’t believe it.. In our shame we continue to believe the lie that we are not good enough for God and that we are seperated from God and we twist God into an image of our shame.
We think He couldn’t possibly Love us as we are so we start trying to please God by acting right by eating more of the morality tree we believe the lie that we are not loved and that we must do good things. Early man started to make sacrifices to appease the big scary God in the sky. But God said “I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings” you see God has only two real commandments from which flow the Way of living life that pleases God, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
So why did Jesus come? Jesus came to be the innocent victim of our violence. When Cain killed Abel he said to God “Am I my brothers keeper?” Cain went away and founded the first city, so the foundation of this world system is bloodshed and ever since groups of humans have been playing the satanic blame game and attacking their fellow humans and calling them “other” or “enemy” and the winner writes history and the voice of the victim is not heard.. but the blood cries out to God.
Jesus came and lived a completely sinless life, He did not sin at all which means He followed Gods commands every second of His life, He loved God and He loved others. He was perfectly innocent and yet man and satan declared Him guilty called Him the “enemy” or “other” and hung Him on a cross to kill Him. But there was a higher court in play because He was totally innocent God raised Him from the dead declaring Him innocent and so He put to shame the powers and authorities that had condemned Him. While He was in the grave He went down into hell where the devil and death had been keeping the spirits of the dead people and He proclaimed the good news that He had won the keys of death and hell and beaten the devil and as He rose victorious He lead a host of captives free.
So Jesus came to save mankind and to establish the kingdom of God. But what is this kingdom and how does it work? Well the kingdom is built on the new and solid foundation of Jesus Christ. When you believe in Jesus and you put your trust in Him you move out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light. You can start to be like Jesus because He sends His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to be with you and guide you into all truth. You can start to care for others as you stop thinking about yourself and you are no longer scared of death because the Holy Spirit gives you the assurance that you have eternal life with God. You become a minister of reconciliation helping others to come to know God.
Do you want to help God reconcile the world to Himself? Just tell Jesus you want to be part of His kingdom and He will give you lots of opportunities to help Him by helping other people.