This was the Bible study lesson that I prepared on 24 June 2018. The topic was called: “Why did Jesus come?”
Session 4 – Why Did Jesus Come?
Q: Instead of asking the question, “Why did Jesus come?”. A better question is to ask, “Why did Jesus have to die?”
A: Jesus died for our sins
Q: Is sin that big of a deal?
A: Yes, it is
Q: Why? What is sin? Why is sin so bad?
A: It is rebellion and disobedience to a Perfect, Holy, Just, and Righteous (Good) God.
Sin is anything that “misses the mark” of God’s Perfect, Holy, Just, and Good nature.
Q: Ask yourself these things:
- Have you ever had unbelief in God or used His name in vain?
God calls that blasphemy, what does that make you? -> a blasphemer
- Have you ever lied, even if it was to help someone?
What does that make you? -> a liar
- Have you ever stolen, even if it you were a child or if you really needed something?
What does that make you? -> a thief
- Have you ever hated someone in your heart?
Jesus says that if you hate someone in your heart you are a murder
- Have you ever looked at another woman or man with lust?
Jesus says that if you lust for someone in your heart you are an adulterer
- Have you ever deceived anyone, or cheated anyone out of something?
What does that make you? -> a deceiver
- Have you ever been unfaithful in a relationship?
- Have you passed a person in a broken-down car and decided not to help them?
- Have you passed up the homeless and not helped them?
- Have you ever saw someone being bullied or hurt, and chose to turn away or walk by?
(Deuteronomy 5:4-21, Matthew 5:21-48, Psalm 101:7, Zechariah 7:10, Isaiah 1:16-17)
Q: What does God say about sin?:
A: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10, Galatians 3:10, Deuteronomy 27:26, Matthew 5:18-19)
A: Sin separates us from God. The wages of sin is death (both physically and spiritually), and these will go away into eternal punishment into the eternal fire (Hell). (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:23, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 25:41)
A: That you sin because you are a sinner (not ‘we are sinners because we sin’). We are born sinners by both nature because of Adam & Eve’s disobedience, and by our own choices we make in life. (Genesis 3, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:2-3)
Q: What does God say about the natural state of mankind?
- They are wicked (Jer 17:9, Mark 7:20-23)
- They do evil continually (Gen 6:5)
- The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth (Gen 8:21, Ecc 9:3)
- They are hostile to God (Rom 8:7, Eph 2:16)
- They cannot submit to God’s Law (Rom 8:7)
- Their speech is used to deceive others (Rom 3:13, Jer 17:9)
- They are enemies of God (Rom 5:10, Col 1:21)
- They are slaves to sin (John 8:34)
- All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23)
- They do not seek God (Rom 3:11)
- All have turned away from God (Rom 3:12, Psalm 14:2-3)
- They do not fear God (Rom 3:18)
- They do not understand God or His ways (1 Cor 2:14, Rom 3:11)
- They cannot accept the Holy Spirit (John 14:17)
- They cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3)
- They cannot hear the words of Jesus (John 8:43, 8:47, John 10:26-27)
- They think God’s ways are foolishness (1 Cor 1:18, 1 Cor 2:14)
- They cannot please God (Rom 8:8)
- They are not “good enough” to get to God or Heaven (Rom 3:10, Luke 18:19)
- There are none that are good, no, not one (Psalm 14:3)
- Any good deeds apart from faith are sinful (Rom 14:23)
- Even the best good deeds that they could ever do, are nothing more than filthy rags before a Perfect, Holy, Just, and Good God (Isa 64:6)
- They are children of wrath (Eph 2:3)
- They are Spiritually blind (2 Cor 4:3-4)
- They are Spiritually dead (Eph 2:1, Col 2:13)
- Their minds are Hostile to God
Not indifferent, not just in disagreement with, but hostile to Him. They are enemies of God.
- They are Slaves of Sin
If you sin at all, you are a slave to sin (this is true for everyone). Slaves cannot will themselves to freedom, they have to be liberated.
- They are Spiritually Dead
Dead men don’t make decisions. They cannot choose God, they cannot will themselves to be alive in Christ. Dead people don’t get to do anything!
Q: What does this mean for us?
A: Everyone sins, no one is perfect like God, and that is exactly why everyone needs God, because we can’t live up to His Perfect, Holy, Just, and Good standard of living (Romans 3:23, Mark 10:18, Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10-12).
A: In the court of God’s Holiness and Goodness, no one can stand because everyone, everywhere has sinned against Him and others. And God is a Good and Just and Loving God, and because of that He cannot love those who do injustice nor leave them to go unpunished, however great or small their sin, and by His very nature, He must punish those who have sinned against Him and other people. All mankind is guilty of sin therefore all mankind must punished! (Ecclesiastes 3:17, Colossians 3:25, Psalm 25:8-9, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, Romans 3:23).
A: But God is also a Good, Good, Father and loves His creation called humanity so much that He created a way to save us from His Perfectly Just wrath against sin, and banishment from His Kingdom of Heaven. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in the place of everyone’s sins, so that whoever believes in Jesus’ name will not perish by His Just, Perfect, and Loving wrath against sin, but will be spared by His wrath and adopted as sons and daughters to join Him in Heaven forevermore. (Mark 10:18/Romans 8:15-16/Galatians 4:7, Romans 5:8, John 3:16-18, John 14:1-6).
A: Only God could pay the debt of sin that God required from us.
Q: So… Why did Jesus come?
A: Jesus came to seek and save the lost (sinners, all of us), to fulfill the promise of God’s Redeemer since Genesis 3:15, to draw all peoples (nations, cultures) to Himself, to give up His life as a ransom for many, to give those that believe in Him a new life, to destroy the works of the devil, to glorify God the Father, –and as His final redemptive plan– to make all things new! (Luke 19:10, 1 Timothy 1:15, Matthew 5:17, John 12:32, Mark 10:45, John 10:10, 1 John 3:8, John 12:28, Revelation 21:5, Isaiah 65:17)
“But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” – Jesus, in Luke 13:3 & 13:5
How can we be saved?
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
If you are a new believer, here are some quick helpful tips:
- Ask -> Pray to God and ask Him to help open your heart more to Him every day.
- Believe -> Believe that God really did love us and have compassion on us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ (who is fully God and fully man), to die on the cross in our place, paying the full amount of debt that we owed because of our sin. Jesus didn’t have to pay for our debt, but He did anyway because He loves us despite our mistakes and flaws. Jesus said that “Whoever believes in Me WILL be saved” (Mark 16:16, John 5:24).
- Continually Repent -> Know that we all sin, and if it weren’t for God’s love and compassion, we would be dead in our sins and apart from Him. We are not “better” than non-believers, in fact, on Earth we are all in the same sinking ship (we will all die because of sin). We are not “better” than anyone, we all need God’s help just the same. Be humbled knowing that we all need God the same amount, not more, not less. (Rom 3:23)
- Daily Give Thanks -> But we have Good News!! We are saved from the debt of sin and are reconciled back to God once again! Give thanks, sing out to God! Our joy forever rests in Christ Jesus! We weren’t left in a pit of sadness knowing that we fail Him, Jesus came to rescue us and give us new life in Him! (John 10:10, 2 Cor 5:17)
(*Note – these are just good practices except for the “Believe” statement. Salvation only comes by faith alone in Jesus, not by works aka “doing things”)
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