Jesus is the only human who ever chose to be born, so why did he come? In this lab, John Piper shows how the Bible’s answer may not be the same as yours.
Principle for Bible Reading
Authors often give us reasons why someone did a certain action or why we should do a certain action. They typically give the action statement first (e.g. I went to the store/you should go to the store), and then the reason for the action (the purpose statement).
In This Lab
John Piper identifies the two reasons (or purpose statements) that explain why “Christ became a servant,” that is, why he came to earth (action statement). First, Jesus came to display that God is truthful. He did this by fulfilling the promises that he made to his people centuries earlier. Second, he came to redeem not only Israel but also the Gentiles so that they might glorify God’s mercy.
A parent tells his or her child to eat their broccoli (action) so that they can receive dessert later (purpose). The commercial tells us to buy this shirt (action) so that we can be more attractive (purpose). “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God” (action) “so that, at the proper time, he may exalt you” (purpose).
Conjunctions or connecting words are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, an action/purpose relationship is usually connected with: so that, in order that, or simply that.
- Why did Jesus come into the world? What Scripture can you think of to support your answer?
- Read Romans 15:8–9. What reasons does Romans 15:8–9 give for Christ coming to earth as a servant?
- What is the highest reason why Jesus came to earth given in Romans 15:9, God’s glory or his merciful love towards sinners? Does it matter which one is higher?