There are a lot of comments of Jesus’s coming as a babe in a manger, living as a man without sin, and that He came to be an example to us of how we should live. Some say he came to perform many and mighty miracles. He did do those things, but they were not why He came.
Looking at what Luke writes in chapter nine,
“And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He stedfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for Him. And they did not receive Him, because His face was as though He would go to Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51-53 (KJV)
We can know why Jesus came by what He says in the gospel of John, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” He came because He loved us and was willing to go to Jerusalem, and die on a cruel, rugged, Roman cross for the sins of mankind, as the Lamb of God.
As we look at the above Scripture we see stated that, “When the time was come that He should be received up…” He had a determination to go to Jerusalem. From very early in His ministry He knew He must be about what He came to do, and that was His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). Jerusalem and the cross was the Father’s business.
Would to God we would obey the Father’s will, and did His business as Jesus our Lord has done. He now sits honored and glorified at the Father’s right hand.
Follow Jesus, believe Him and be delivered from sin, its condemnation and death; and live eternally in the presence of God.
-Tim A. Blankenship