Why Did Christ Come?
Be Ready This Advent Season with the Meaning of Christmas
God put [Christ] forward . . . to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness . . . so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy.
Jesus said, "I did not come to abolish but to fulfill."
Jesus said, "For this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name."
Jesus prayed, "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do."
Jesus answered, "For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
[Jesus] said to them, "Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for."
And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind" (but see John 3:17).
Jesus said, "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
1 Timothy 1:15
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him" (but see John 9:39).
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."
1 John 3:8
"The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil."
"Since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives."
Loving his first and second coming with you,
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