Why did Jesus come?
We know He came to redeem us through His work on the cross, but why did He come? Our salvation was of the highest importance to the Father and the Son, but why did He come? In short, to change the world.
Jesus was not just some goody-goody teacher. He didn’t sacrifice everything just for us to remain the same. No, Jesus was an agent of change in this world. He was controversial and revolutionary. He came not to set up a new religion or institute new rules. He came to set a fire in this world that would kickstart a counter-culture movement. He came to turn this world upside down.
The world today operates for its own good, seeking its own pleasure and its own rewards. Always looking out for itself and interested more in whats in it for me, than how this will affect everyone. It’s full of anger, hatred, and death. These are the things that Jesus came to counter.
Our salvation has brought us back into relationship with God, but the change in our lives is to be not just eternal, but also here on this earth, in this time. Check this out…
Acts 2:42-47 (ESV)
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Counter culture. Not like the rest of the world. To me this description here is the essence of how we are supposed to live our lives. Differently. Immersed in learning more about God, fellowship and compassion, and above all praising God for all He has done. If our lives really looked like this, would there be any question on the impact it would have?
I am not advocating communism, or suggesting that we all sell everything we own and start our own city. But that we live our lives as Jesus would. To be the agents of change in our world.