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JESUS

Why Did He Come?

CHAPTER 2

Jesus came as a revelation. He was the revelation to us of not only who God is, but also who those are who dwell in Him. He has revealed who His children are and what they are like. He has also revealed what their trials and experiences will be like. It stands to reason that Jesus did not come merely to get humans to fall down and worship Him. That would have been a simple matter. His own people put great energy in making Him king. They liked the idea of having someone supply their food and water while causing their enemies to flee. If Jesus had put on a bright and shining garment and called fire down from heaven periodically, the whole world would have gladly fallen down and worshipped Him.

If Jesus had had the character of the enemy of man, getting man to fall at His feet is what He would have set out to do. It is written that Satan said to Jesus, "...All these things [of the world] will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me". (Matt. 4:9) This is how many have pictured God. They see that God is saying, "If you fall down and worship Me, I will protect you and give you what you need".

True Worship

If we would consider this for a moment, it would appear as ridiculous as it is. What benefit would the Creator of the universe receive in finally convincing His own creation to fall down and worship Him? What possible advantage could that be? If that were His final desire, He would have made us that way. He would have created us so that twice a day we would fall down and worship Him.

The character of God is far greater than any representation of Him. None of us can do Him justice in our expressions. With this in mind, we realize some of the great love of God by what He has revealed. God is not interested in mere form. He cannot be glorified by thousands of men and woman bowing down whenever they see Him. If that were the case, He would never see our eyes. He would only get to see our hair. Would you appreciate seeing only the tops of people's heads whenever you walked by?

True worship is when we become that which we worship. Dictators are worshipped, not when men fall down on their faces, but rather when their subjects become like them. The dictator is worshipped when men appreciate and follow his will and carry out his dictates.

In the Revelation we read of the beast that rules the world. "And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Rev. 13:4. These worshippers are those who love what the beast loves. They admire his accomplishments. They come to the same decisions that the beast has.

We worship God when we are like Him. We worship God when we want what He wants. When we love what God loves and pursue the object He pursues, and when our sweetest and best thoughts are of Him, then and only then do we worship Him. To worship God is to keep His commandments. Jesus was "falling down" and worshipping God every moment of His life even while He was standing or walking down the road. Jesus always did those things which pleased the Father. This was worship. Those who do not always obey God do not worship Him.

Worship is Loving

True worship does not involve so much "falling down" as it involves falling in love with someone. God loves us so much that He does not say that He wants us to do something, as much as "be" something. This is well described in the Revelation. "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revs. 3:21) This is true worship. Jesus is on His Father's throne and we are on His throne with Him. To worship is to rule with Him. "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father." (Rev. 2:26-27)

Those who worship God are those who are on His throne with Him and rule with Him. They love what He loves and they do what He does. "...'He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also.' The Saviour was deeply anxious for His disciples to understand for what purpose His divinity was united to humanity. He came to the world to display the glory of God, that man might be uplifted by its restoring power. God was manifested in Him that He might be manifested in them. Jesus revealed no qualities, and exercised no powers that men may not have through faith in Him." (DA 664) Jesus came to show us true worship. He came to make us one with God and not mere robots falling down whenever they saw Him walk by. He wants His creation to fully glorify Him. That glory is revealed when men can see God as they look upon God's children. That is how true worship of God is proven.

The Messiah Has Come

Today, millions pray and go to their houses of "worship". They belong to "true" religions. They all hope to get something someday. They look forward to a future Messiah. Every man wants things to "get better". This is the religion of the heathen and this was the religion of the Jews at the time of Christ. Most men imagine that they are worshipping God when they want good things and they call sin "bad". They think they agree with God when they do this. Not so! The only time we agree with God and worship Him is when we are in His image. It is when we reflect perfectly who He is.

The Messiah has come. He came many hundreds of years ago. He showed humanity then what it was to be a child of God. He said, "As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me". (John 6:57)

Jesus made clear the basis of worship. If one follows Him, he will do what Jesus does and he will live by Him. The evil kingdom of destruction loves church and musical productions and Christmas and Easter. The world loves to kiss babies and give money to "help out". The kingdom of Satan is not offended by any of these things. The kingdom of Satan is not offended when men overcome most of their sins. In fact, the perfect reproduction of the character of Satan is accomplished when men finally achieve the goal of doing everything right while harboring a corrupt and selfish heart. Jesus came to give us true worship.

Secondly, Jesus came to destroy the world. Some might consider this an awful thought. Should Jesus not come to save the world? Yes, that is the same thing. The way Jesus saves the world is to destroy it. Satan would destroy the world by using bombs and force. Satan destroys the world by hatred, violence, selfishness and pride. Jesus does not use these methods. Jesus destroys the world by showing us His love.

This might be illustrated by using the principle of light. The world is in darkness and the people are living in fear and want. Many are starving and others are dying of diseases which have all come from this darkness in which they live. This is the world. Jesus destroys this world by bringing His light. Men receive this light and the world is destroyed in them. Others reject this light and destroy themselves and their world.

One might think that it would make everyone quite happy to get rid of all the sorrow and suffering. It seems desirable that all would be free from want and pain. Mysteriously, however, this is not the case. Multitudes love the prison in which they live. Not only that, men hate those who would free them by bringing them light. We say, "Know the truth and the truth will make you free". The world hates freedom. Satan's kingdom loves suspicion, rumor and violence. All those in Satan's kingdom love death, for it is written, "...All they that hate me love death". Proverbs 8:36. Why do men choose and love their own destruction? This is the mystery of iniquity. There is no answer to that question. Satan and his children make no sense at all.

They Bite The Hand That Feeds

From time to time I have observed animals that have suffered some sort of injury. I have seen wild animals which were hungry after a long, lean winter in which they struggled to survive. If I approach them to bring them food or help, they often recoil in fear or run away. My hands are full of gifts but their hearts are full of terror. It has taken me time and patience to build confidence in these wild creatures. If an animal is injured, he may see your advances as a threat. He may even try to bite.

So it has been with the advances of God. He has sought us out and sent His only begotten Son, but we have crucified Him. He did nothing to hurt us. He only came to destroy the world so that we could have heaven. He only came to save us from hunger and pain. He only came to heal our diseases. He only came to give us everything He had. We proceeded to nail His innocent hands to rough, hewn boards. We proceeded to make Him a laughing stock and an object of mockery. Millions today still mock Him.

For centuries He has born this derision and He still bears it. Even so, He will shed His light and this light will destroy the world. "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household." (Matt. 10:34-36) Jesus said, I am come to bring a sword. He said that He came to break up families. Isn't that what He said?

History gives the evidence that true Christianity is not a popular favorite of the masses. While it is true that professed Christianity is popular, the real thing is quite decidedly hated. Even today, it is not unusual to find Christian wives, husbands and children forced to leave their homes because the spouse is hostile to their religious faith. Some break under the pressure and lose the precious gift. They may still claim to have it, but any honest soul can see that the power, joy and victory are gone.

Having to leave unbelieving relatives is not so strange when the principle is understood. "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." (Gen. 1:3-4) God brings light to a heart. He says, "Let there be light". After that He separates the light from the darkness. He has always worked on this principle.

The Call of the Kingdom

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Dan. 2:44) The final act of this process is imminent. Right at the doors is the final destruction of those who have hated God. There will be no second chance.

The world has had many chances to hear the voice of God and not just a single chance. The first call was with Noah. He warned the earth of the coming destruction. The descendants of Adam had so corrupted themselves that an end of the generation was at hand. Many scoffed and Noah was separated from the darkness. God said, "...The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth". (Gen. 6:13) After Noah separated, the world was destroyed in the flood.

The second chance was given when men were to follow Abraham out of the city of sin Ur of the Chaldees. The descendants of Noah had corrupted themselves. They had degenerated to the idolatry and sun worship. "Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee." (Gen. 12:1) Once again God separated the light from the darkness. Once again He had a message.

The message to Noah was the message that a great flood was soon to engulf mankind. Abraham's message was to separate from ungodliness. God was to make him a great nation.

Once again, the professed people of God had corrupted themselves. They made alliances with idolaters. The effect of this was that they finally brought themselves into bondage in Egypt. They were reduced to virtual slavery and this was of their own making. They had lost sight of the commandments of God and were now largely idolaters themselves. Again God gave a call. This was the third call to humanity. Men were to separate from Egypt. "...Behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt." (Exe. 3:9-10)

Israel was made a great nation. History records the glories of David and Solomon. After years of hardship, because of unbelief, Israel attained her hopes and settled in a land flowing with milk and honey. The message of Moses was that men should come out of Egypt and settle in the promised land and that the people of God should go out and separate from those who were in darkness and worship the true God. Israel went through many periods of failure and success. Sometimes she was in bondage and sometimes she was resting in power and the freedom of her God.

At the appointed time and at her lowest ebb, Israel was given the Messiah. Jesus came to destroy the world in her. Jesus desired that the people learn worship. They were to be as He was. The people of His age rejected their freedom and gave away the message of their peace. Jesus had to make the announcement to them, "Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof." (Matt. 21:43)

Light Will Separate

From that time forward God's people would be separated from this apostate nation. Light would be separated from the darkness. The world would be destroyed. This principle was revealed when, not many years hence, Jerusalem would be left a burned ruins. When the light is separated from the darkness, the darkness eventually brings its own destruction.

As Christianity grew and expanded, it covered the whole world. Great advances were made and the message of the Messiah was preached with power. For one hundred years the light was shed abroad. Gradually, the pressures of the pagan world began to take its toll and apostasy began to be observed. The apostle Paul wrote that many anti-Christs had gone out into the world. He said, "The mystery of iniquity doth already work".

Over a period of hundreds of years, the true Christians had to separate from the darkness. The Scriptures picture it this way. "And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days." (Rev. 12:6) For 1,260 years the church had to remain in the wilderness. This is also the period of time it took for the corrupted religion to end her power. Its head received a deadly wound and Catholicism's power was removed.

In this last century there has been another calling out. The Scriptures teach, "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast". (Rev. 13:3) The great beast of these last days is the mighty unified apostasy of all religion and the world. The revived Roman church and its daughters have united to form a bond of union.

The great union of all the worldly religions has with it one definable goal--to make void the law of God. Modern religion has done this under the guise of spiritual enlightenment. Rome, united with Protestantism and spiritualism, has universally accepted the principle that humankind progresses and advances through a process of various religious exercises. The common thought is that man cannot "really" keep "all" the commandments "all" the time. This fatal lie has well-nigh brought true Christian living to a halt.

The Last Call

Once again, and for the last time, God has given light to a lost world. Once again, darkness will hate the light. Once again, light and darkness are separated. Once again, when the message is finished, the world will be destroyed. This time the world will be finished in the flames of fire. There will be no more opportunities for light to shine upon those whose minds love a darkened state. Those who have loved their world will find that they may keep it and die with it. Jesus came to teach us to worship and He came to bring the evil empire to an end.

The kingdom of Rome first brought contempt upon the law of God by changing the seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of the week. When Protestants were confronted with this apparent worship of Rome, they set out to explain how obedience to God's law is impossible, rather than repent of their idol worship.

Today, the almost universal concept is that all men are growing and will one day be saved. Many, who do not believe that all men will be saved, still hold that one cannot "really" keep all the commandments all of the time. In this they make void the law of God. This concept is symbolized by the first great act of contempt upon the law of God the veneration of the Sunday as the day of rest. Sunday observance as God's true day of rest is now almost universally accepted. The idea that one cannot truly be loyal to God all the time is also universally accepted. This is the final test for all mankind.

The final light, to be given to the earth before its utter end, is the light that those who would see God and enter His heavenly bliss are the people who "keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus". (Rev. 14:12)

Jesus came to teach men true worship. Jesus came to bring a sword. Jesus came to destroy the world.


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