Why Jesus

By Dennis Kelly

December 1, 2009

I heard two preachers speak about Jesus’ Purpose. Each one spoke of a different purpose. I decided looked in the New Testament to find Jesus’ Purpose. I found 22 stated purposes. I hope I found them all. It is an amazing list.

My purpose is to list what the New Testament says and add a few thoughts. (Most references are to the NIV)

The purpose that I like best is:

I (Jesus) am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly. John 10:10. (KJV)

The most wonderful purpose is:

When John saw Jesus coming, he said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

1. Jesus’ Purpose was to be mocked and flogged, and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life.

Jesus himself stated this as his purpose 3 times in Matthew (16:21, 17:22-23, and 20:17-19); 3 times in Mark (8:31, 9:12, and 9:31) and 3 times in Luke (9:22, 9:44-45, and 18:31-33). Jesus prayed to be excused from this if there was any other way for God to accomplish his purpose. Matthew 15:39, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42, John 12:27.

2. Jesus’ Purpose was to save the world.

Jesus was the Lamb of God -- the one who to be sacrificed to take away the sin of the world. John 1:29, 36. God gave his son Jesus to save the world by his sacrifice. John 3:16-17. (Paraphrased). The Samaritans knew that Jesus is the savior of the world. John 4:42. Jesus said he came to save the world. John 12:47. Jesus came to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15. Jesus came to take away our sins. 1 John 3:5. Jesus died for sins. 1 Peter 3:18.

3. Jesus’ Purpose was to make atonement for the sins of the people.

For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:16-17. John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

4. Jesus’ Purpose was to give his life as a ransom for many.

Jesus gave his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45, 1 Timothy 2:5-6. Jesus’ life was the price to rescue us from the penalty for our sins. Galatians 1:3-4. Jesus died for all. 2 Corinthians 5:15. Jesus tasted death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9.

5. Jesus’ Purpose was to call sinners.

Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Mark 2:17 and Luke 5:32. “ I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned (for sin); he has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24.

6. Jesus’ Purpose was to draw all men to him.

But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself. John 12:32.

7. Jesus’ Purpose was to be the light of the world.

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. John 9:5.

I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. John 12:46.

8. Jesus’ Purpose was to bring life.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. John 5:21.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10. (NIV)

Jesus said. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26.

Jesus answered. I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6.

Our Savior, Christ Jesus, has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10.

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9.

9. Jesus’ Purpose was to fulfill the law.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17.

10. Jesus’ Purpose was to do the will of the Father.

I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. John 5:19.

For I (Jesus) have come down from heaven not to do my will, but to do the will of him (God) who sent me. John 6:38

I do nothing on my own, but speak just what the Father has taught me. John 8:28,

The world must learn that I love the Father and I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. John 14:31

Jesus said, “Here I am -- it is written about me in the scroll -- I have come to do your will Oh God.” Hebrews 10:7, 9; Psalms 40:8.

For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.  I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 12:49-50.

11. Jesus’ Purpose was to destroy the works of the Devil.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 (KJV).

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death -- that is the devil -- and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-17.

12. Jesus’ Purpose was to let the blind see; the lame walk, have leprosy cleansed; the deaf hear; the dead raised; and the good news preached to the poor.

The Scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He found the place where it is written: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor then he returned the scroll. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “ Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:17-21.

John the Baptist’s disciples asked Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?”

Jesus answered: “Tell John what you see and hear: the blind see; the lame walk; those who have leprosy are cleansed; the deaf hear; the dead are raised ; and the good news is preached to the poor.” Matthew 11:3-5.

These are Jesus credentials. This is how you know who he is. John would have known this.

13. Jesus’ Purpose was to bring a sword.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -- a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.” Matthew 10:34-36.

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” Luke 12:49-53.

14. Jesus’ Purpose was to serve.

Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. Matthew 20:28, Mark 10:45.

15. Jesus’ Purpose was to preach in the towns of Israel.

He said to them “Let us go on to the next towns that I may preach there also for that is why I came out.” Mark 1:38 (KJV).

16. Jesus’ Purpose was to testify to the truth.

Jesus answered “…In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.” John 18:37.

17. Jesus’ Purpose was for judgment.

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39.

18. Jesus’ Purpose was to proclaim justice to the nations.

God said “Here is my servant (Jesus) whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:18.

19. Jesus’ Purpose was for the children of Israel.

But he (Jesus) answered and said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24. (KJV)

20. Jesus’ Purpose was to display the manifold wisdom of God.

His (God’s) intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ephesians 3:10-11.

21. Jesus’ Purpose was to be salvation, to be a revelation to the gentiles, and a glory to his people.

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:  "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation,  which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."


The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." Luke 2:30-35.

22. Jesus’ Purpose was to reign.

He (Jesus) will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will

give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, his kingdom will never end.” Luke 1:32-33.

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