When Jesus came to Earth, the Jews rejected Him because they expected a Messiah who would overthrow the Roman Empire and fix all their problems. They didn’t expect a gentle and meek Savior who would eat with sinners, teach love and forgiveness, and die on a cross.
The Messiah didn’t solve all their earthly problems. In fact, His followers were persecuted like He was. So why did He come?
The Messiah came to open the way to the Father, to provide forgiveness for sins, and give us eternal life. He came to bring the gift of salvation to all who would put their faith in Him. That was His mission.
“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.” Matt.20:28
Do we do the same thing today as the Jews did 2000 years ago? Do we think that Jesus is a means to earthly treasures? Do we think it’s all about this present life instead of what awaits us in eternity?
“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14 NIV
Do we think Jesus came to give us financial prosperity? The Bible says that those who think that godliness is a means to financial gain have a corrupt mind and have been robbed of the truth.
“These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Timothy 6:2-7 NIV (emphasis mine) Read full chapter
Jesus came to free all people from the chains of spiritual darkness: the oppression of sin.
I am saddened when I think about those who follow Jesus because of what they think He will do for them during this time on earth. I know a man who “got saved” because he was convinced that if he had enough faith he could save his marriage. He became a regular church attender and prayed for his miracle. When his prayer was not answered the way he expected he stopped attending church and gave up on faith.
We must not become so consumed with what we think we need, following Him because of what He might do for us, that we forget to follow Him just because of who He is.
“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
With Love, Cindy
Do you want to know more about Jesus? Read my page Who Is Jesus?