There is NO DOUBT, based on historical fact, that a man by the name of Jesus existed. Calendars declare the year 2012 - "A.D. which is Latin for Anno Domini" or "Year of Our Lord." B.C. is Before Christ, so time itself bears record of His existence...although man is trying to change those historical time framse to BCE and CE meaning "Before the Common Era and COmmon Era...which are both meaningless.
But what specific function did Jesus have on this earth?
The old Testament prophet - well-respected and quoted often by my Jewish friends....ISAIAH - AROUND 750 B.C., had this to say in Isaiah 61:1 - "The LORD Godís spirit is upon me, - because the LORD has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORDís favor."
This prophetic statement in 750 B.C. spoke of a time in the future when God's Holy Spirit would be upon someone. God's Holy Spirit would anoint (which means chosen one) to bring GOOD NEWS to the poor...and to heal those who have broken hearts and no hope....This "CHOSEN ONE" would proclaim a pardon to all who are prisoners of sin, and He would proclaim that He was there to begin the year that God's favor would be upon al men and women.
When Jesus began His ministry, He came into the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth. Let's see what happened in the year 30 A.D.
Luke 4:16 - 24 - " And Jesus came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when Jesus had opened the book, He found the place where it was written -"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.Ē
And Jesus closed the book, and gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And Jesus began to say unto them, "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
IN OTHER WORDS, "I AM THE ONE WHOM ISAIAH PROPHESIED ABOUT. I AM THAT ANNOINTED ONE."
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
THE CONGREGATION WITHIN THE TEMPLE WERE STATING, "WAIT A MINUTE - YOU ARE JUST THE SON OF JOSHEPH THE CARPENTER....WE KNOW YOU. WE HAVE SEEN YOU GRWO FROM A SMALL BOY IN YOUR FATHER'S WORKSHOP TO A MAN WHO WAS STILL A CARPENTER - AND NOW YOU ARE HERE PROCLAIMING THAT YOU ARE THIS SAVIOR OF THE WORLD THAT OUR MOST RESPECTED PROPHET ISAIAH SPOKE OF"?
And Jesus said unto them, "Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country."
Jesus was prophesying that one day (3.5 years from now) you will utter those words, "Physician - Heal Thyself"...and now you mock me by telling me to do all of the "signs and wonders" that I have demonstrated - by God's authority - like Isaiah foretold..."but I say to you - No prophet is accepted in his own country."
Because of your unbelief, I cannot do any miracles here, and you will perish in your sin of UNBELIEF.
Today is no different from that moment in history when Jesus came to deliver the message of WHY HE CAME TO THIS EARTH.
He came to: PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. "Those of you who have nothing, I come to bring good news that you can have everything -both now and here on this earth - and later in the kingdom from where I came....and all you have to do is have faith in me, and believe that I am this one whom Isaiah told you about.
Jesus came to: "HEAL THOSE WHO ARE DOWNTRODDEN, BROKEN-HEARTED - WITHOUT HOPE" - "I bring GOOD NEWS that you can now have hope. Your hope lies in me. I am the way, the truth and the life, and I am making a way for you to get into my Father's kingdom of heaven....all you have to do is have faith, and believe."
Jesus Exists because: He came to "PREACH or DECLARE HOW THOSE WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY SIN COULD BE DELIVERED FROM THAT CONDEMNATION OF SIN".
Jesus' entire mission on earth was to teach about how ALL who are held captive by their sin, and therefore, condemned to spend an eternity in a place called the Lake of Fire, could be set free. It would require simple faith and belief that THE ONE WHO ISAIAH - AND NOW JESUS - SAID WOULD COME...HAS COME.
JESUS declared that He would also give sight to the blind - as predicted by Isaiah, but Jesus would give sight (PHYSICALLY) to the blind while preaching that He would also give sight (SPIRITUALLY) to all who are blinded by Satan, so they , too, could SEE how they can be forgiven of their sins and set free from the condemnation of sin under the Laws of Moses.
Jesus wrapped up WHY HE EXISTS - to all those who would listen -
"I CAME TO SET FREE those who are prisoners who are condemned to death in their sinful state."
Jesus was foretelling of how HE would be the one who would be able to SET THEM FREE FROM CONDEMNATION OF SIN. He would do this by dying on a cross for the sins of aLl mankind, and He told of how they could be set free.
The GOOD NEWS - was that if they had faith in this Christ...this SAVIOR of mankind, and if they believed that He is who Isaiah predicted would come....the Son of God....they could be FREE INDEED.
JOHN 10:10 TELLS US, "The thief (Satan) comes only to steal (meaning to steal your ability to gain heaven), and to kill - (meaning to ensure that you die a spiritual death which is eternal separation from God in the same place that Satan will end up - The Lake of Fire), and to destroy: I have come that these same people who Satan wants to destroy might have life (meaning eternal life in heaven), and that they might have it more abundantly (a better life here on the earth)."
THIS IS WHY JESUS CAME TO THE EARTH. THIS IS WHY HE EXISTS, AND THIS SAME MESSAGE AND MISSION PREVAILS TODAY....AS MUCH AS IT DID WHEN JESUS PREACHED THE "GOOD NEWS" BACK IN THE TIME HE PHYSICALLY WALKED THIS EARTH.
JESUS KNEW THEN...AND HE KNOWS NOW - THAT PEOPLE WILL CONSTANTLY STRUGGLE TO WRAP THEIR BRAINS AND HEARTS AROUND HIS MESSAGE AND HIS MISSION - OR TO LISTEN TO SATAN - THE "GREAT DECEIVER" WHO WANTS ONLY TO DESTROY AND PREVEN ANYONE FROM GAINING ACCESS INTO HEAVEN.
SATAN HATES GOD - AND HE HATES YOU!
IT'S ALL ABOUT CHOICES. GOD AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT ALWAYS POINTS PEOPLE TO JESUS.
GOD SAID, IN JOHN 6:40 - "Everyone which sees the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."
THE MOST FAMOUS VERSE IN THE BIBLE is JOHN 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Jesus should not perish, but have Everlasting life."
Jesus existence, therefore, should be crystal clear. He was sent by God - chosen - "ANOINTED" to do all that Isaiah and Jesus said He would do.
My Jewish friends, who adore and respect the writings of the great prophet, ISAIAH, should recall these words: "The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." ISAIAH 9:1-2
Right after that, Isaiah prophesied that something would come to pass in the future. An "ANNOINTED ONE" would come to Galilee - land of Gentiles...and all who live in darkness (sinful state) will see the "LIGHT", and to those people who live in darkness of sin, therefore under the shadow of the punishment of eternal death or separation from God...this LIGHT of the world will spring forth.....this "DELIVERER" will come.
Isaiah 9: 6-7 (NLT), Isaiah prophesied, "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heavenís Armies will make this happen!"
Isaiah predicted that one day in the future....a CHILD would be born, and this child would be called Prince of Peace and would rule His own government...and there would be peace on the earth..and He would be called God - part of the Trinity.
This prophecy said there would be a "Messiah". All of this happened when a baby was born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem.
The little town of Behtlehem was also predicted as the place this Messiah would be born.
The prophet Micah said, in Micah 5:2 - "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting."
The same God of old...from eternity past, is the same God who will be ruler over Israel in the future - through His son...a babe to be born in the City of Bethlehem....and Micah wrote this around 750 B.C...but it happened just the way God spoke it through His prophets.
How people can believe that all of the prophecies of the Old Testament that came true when Jesus arrived were nothing more than a "coincidence" is beyond me. They stake their eternal destiny on believing a lie from Satan....the one who wants people to die in their sinful state and end up in the Lake of Fire - with him.
MATTHEW 5: 16-20 - JESUS SAID THAT WE HAVE A JOB TO DO FOR HIM WHEN HE GOES BACK TO HEAVEN, AND THAT IS TO- "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
ARE WE LETTING OUR LIGHT - WHICH IS OUR SALVATION AND RELATIIONSHIP WITH GOD THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS - SHINE SO OTHERS WHOM WE KNOW CAN SEE IT - OR ARE WE HIDING IT?
IF SO, WHY ARE WE HIDING IT? ARE WE ASHAMED TO KNOW CHRIST?
JESUS SAID, "IF YOU DENY ME BEFORE MEN ON EARTH -I WILL DENY YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HAEVEN."
JESUS ALSO DECLARED, "Think not that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy the Law - I have come to fulfill it.
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
JESUS INTENDED TO SAY THAT THE LAW WILL BE USED TO JUDGE ALL WHO HAVE REJECTED HIM AND WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS TO SAVE THEM FROM THE PUNISHMENT OF BREAKING THE LAWS OF GOD.
THE SAME "LAWS OF MOSES" WILL BE USED TO JUDGE THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR...SO THOSE WHO LIVE BY THE LAW - SHALL ALSO BE PUNISHED BY THE LAW.
INSTEAD, JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS TO TAKE YOUR SINS AND MY SINS UPON HIMSELF AND HE IS WILLING TO EXCHANGE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR OUR SINS - IF WE CALL UPON HIS NAME IN BELIEF THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH...THE SON OF GOD, AND THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS BECAUSE HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS PAID FOR THEM....ON THAT CROSS.
JESUS CAUTIONS US...AS FOLLOWERS, THAT - "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
WHOEVER OF HIS FOLLOWERS BREAKS THOSE LAWS AND TEACHES MEN TO ALSO BREAK THOSE LAWS (THROUGH OUR ACTIONS OR WORDS) WILL GET INTO HEAVEN ALRIGHT, BUT THEY WILL BE THE VERY LEAST IN HEAVEN...AND THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TEACH THEM TO OTHERS - THROUGH ACTIONS, DEEDS OR WORDS, SHAL BE REWARDED GREATLY IN HEAVEN.
Jesus continues, "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
IN OTHER WORDS, WITHOUT BEING "RIGHTEOUS" OR WITHOUT SIN, NOBODY CAN ENTER IN TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD.....HEAVEN.
THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO BECOME "RIGHTEOUS" SO THAT GOD CAN SEE YOU AND HEAR YOUR PRAYERS, AND THAT IS BY RECEIVNG THE "CLOAK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS" THAT JESUS OFFERS TO ALL WHO RECEIVE HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOR.
THAT "CLOAK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS" COVERS US AND OUR SIN SO GOD CAN SEE US AND HEAR OUR PRAYERS.
MATTHEW 4: -23-25 - "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan."
WHEN JESUS WAS HERE ON THE EARTH, HE DID MANY SIGNS, WONDERS & MIRACLES...AND NO HISTORIANS DENY ANY OF THAT.
NOW, SOME 2000 YEARS LATER, WE HAVE READ THE HISTORY, AND YET PEOPLE STILL DENY THAT JESUS EVEN EXISTED. HOW FOOLISH NOT TO BELIEVE REPORTS FROM HISTORICAL FACTS.
THIS REMINDS ME OF THE STORY OF LEPERS. LEPROSY WAS A DREADED DISEASE BACK IN THE TIME OF CHRIST. THEY WOULD HAVE TO STAY CLEAR OF PEOPLE AND WOULD HAVE TO WAVE THEIR HANDS MOTIONING PEOPLE TO STEER CLEAR...AND THEY WERE FORCED TO YELL, "UNCLEAN - UNCLEAN".
NOBODY WOULD COME NEAR THEM.
WE ARE "UNCLEAN" OR UNRIGHTEOUS TODAY, AND YET - JESUS WANTS TO COME TO US TO HEAL US OF OUR SIN....JUST LIKE HE PHYSICALLY TOUCHED THE UNTOUCHABLE LEPERS IN THE DAY.
MATTHEW 8:1-3 TELLS US THAT HISTORY: "When JESUS CAME DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN, GREAT CROWDS followed him. And, A LEPER CAME UP TO JESUS AND worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou WANT TO, YOU CAN CLEANSE ME.".
"And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed."
JESUS WANTS TO TOUCH YOU TODAY - THE UNTOUCHABLES - THE UNCLEAN - THE SINNER.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HAVE THE SAME FAITH THAT THE LEPER HAD..... "JESUS, IF YOU WANT TO, YOU CAN CLEANSE ME OF ALL MY SINS....I BELIEVE YOU ARE THE MESSIAH - THE SON OF GOD, AND THAT YOU DIED FOR MY SINS THAT DAY THAT YOU WENT TO THE CROSS."
"I BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN FORGIVE MY SINS AND CLEANSE ME FROM ALL OF THEM, AND I AM ASKING - (JUST LIKE THAT LEPER DID), THAT YOU WILL CLEANSE ME AND SAVE MY SOUL AND GIVE ME YOUR CLOAK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS SO THAT GOD CAN SEE ME - AND HEAR MY PRAYERS."
WE ARE LIKE CATERPILLARS....THEY CRAWL AROUND IN A LOW FASHION - HUGGING THE GROUND, AND TRYING TO SLOWNLY GET BY OBSTACLES ON THE GROUND. EVENTUALLY, THEY MAKE IT TO A TREE AND CLIMB A LIMB AND FORM A COCOON.
OVER TIME, WHAT EMERGES IS A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY - WHO CAN NOW SOAR ABOVE ALL THOSE OBSTACLES THAT USED TO TAKE THEM SO LONG TO PASS WHEN THEY WERE CRAWLING. IS IT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE FLIGHT...TO SOAR THE WAY GOD INTENDED FOR YOU TO SOAR?
ISAIAH THE PROPHET OF OLD SAID THIS IN ISAIAH 40:31 - "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
YOU HAVE CHOICES TO MAKE NOW- AND ONE OF THEM IS TO ACCEPT ALL THAT JESUS HAS TO OFFER YOU, INCLUDING ETERNAL LIFE IN IN HEAVEN WITH HIM....THROUGH SALVATION....OR REJECT HIM AND SPEND YOUR ETERNAL DESTINY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.
THE SECOND CHOICE YOU HAVE - ONCE YOU ACCEPT JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR, IS TO DRIFT THROUGH LIFE WITH A TICKET TO HEAVEN IN YOUR HAND....OR ALWAYS WONDER WHAT YOUR LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN HAD YOU ASKED GOD TO SHOW YOU WHAT HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE IS FOR YOUR LIFE.
I asked God to show me His plan and purpose for my life, and He has done all that I asked. I have all that He promised:
Peace, joy, patience, love for my fellow man, no stress whatsoever (because Jesus told me not to take one thought for tomorrow, but to only ask for what I need today), and God has shown me what my mission is while I am here on the planet.
Part of that mission is singing on YouTube and delivering gospel messages there...and on other websites, and here on Fatihwriters.
He has allowed me to have the gift of singing (and I did not have that prior to March, 2011), and He has allowed me to write several books (so far), and has allowed me to see Him deliver on His promises ....day in and day out.
You can never know what could have beeen - what would have been....until you ask God to show you His plan and His purpose for your life. Then, once He delivers, you will be so happy that you asked Him to do that for you.
John Tyler, Author of nine books.
FIVE of my books are bible-bases, so those are FREE!
This is an excellent article John for it spells out clearly the life and ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and by that the purpose of his existence. We need to press on with the gospel message regardless and let God do the rest. Thanks again for a well-written article and keep telling it as it is.