Why did Jesus Come to Earth?

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Dennis Davis | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Dec 6 2017 9:13 AM

In this Christmas season, many of us are working through Christmas sermon series on the birth of Jesus.  I am doing the same but it just occurred to me that I'm not entirely sure how to go about using Logos to help research the question, "why did Jesus come to Earth?"  I can find the answers I need to more specific questions or topics such as the virgin birth, signs of His coming, etc. but how would you start to research the broader question of "Why?"

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PetahChristian | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 9:21 AM

Perhaps a Passage Guide study of Galatians 4:5?

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Steve Farson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 9:32 AM

The Thompson Chain Reference Bible provides a scripture reference review of the mission of Jesus.  A good start...

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Matthew 5:17; 9:12–13; 10:34; 12:18; 18:11; 20:28; Mark 1:38; 2:17; Luke 4:43; 5:31; 9:56; 12:14, 49; 15:4; 19:10; 20:13; John 3:17; 6:39; 8:15; 9:39; 10:10; 12:27, 47; 18:37; 1 Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:5, 8; 4:14

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David P. Moore | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 10:06 AM

I typically use my "Got Questions?" resource for questions like this, as a start to my research:

https://www.logos.com/product/6623/got-questions-bible-questions-answered 

In it they answer the question "What was Jesus' mission? Why did Jesus come?"

There is also a companion website: https://www.gotquestions.org/ 

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 11:43 AM

One idea is searching for articles using => https://ref.ly/logos4/Search?kind=BasicSearch&q=(%5bfield+heading%2clargetext%5d+Jesus%2cYeshua)+BEFORE+33+WORDS+(%5bfield+heading%2clargetext%2csurface%5d+earth%2cmission)&match=nostem&in=raw%3aCollection%7cCollectionName%3dCollectionId%253dcdbc95b2-f626-45b3-b023-0c5dba4bff4f%257cTitle%253dEnglish%252520Library%252520without%252520Bibles

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([field heading,largetext] Jesus,Yeshua) BEFORE 33 WORDS ([field heading,largetext,surface] earth,mission)

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Keith Pang | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 11:58 AM

Ephesians 1, John 1, Philippians 2, Hebrews 12, there are many that I haven't even listed here

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 12:00 PM

Dennis Davis:
why did Jesus come to Earth?

It's a lot simpler than you might think. Jesus answered this exact question, directly, in John 18:37- "For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the worldto bear witness to the truth."

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 12:04 PM

Dennis Davis:
...how would you start to research the broader question of "Why?"

Why questions are difficult in part because they are ambiguous. For example, are you asking about the purpose of Jesus' birth, or about Jesus' motivation, or something else? In other words, are you asking about the intended result, or impetus? Why questions are often ambiguous about whether motive or result is in the mind of the questioner. 

Second, are you asking about what was in God's, or Jesus' mind, or about how others (e.g., the apostle Paul, or later or current theologians) understand the answer to this question. That is, who's answer are you interested in here? Are you wanting to ponder a question that is perhaps more mystery than revelation, or are you wanting to hear what conclusions others have drawn? (I believe both are valid endeavors, BTW.)

One more way to disambiguate this question is to be more specific. Are you asking about why Jesus needed to become a human being (become incarnate), instead of accomplishing the same thing from heaven?

In other words, I would begin by trying to ask the question in a different and less ambiguous way. I often find it helpful, when doing searches (even on Google) to refine my results by refining my search terms.

(In writing this, I don't intend to disparage any responses that have already been given.)

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 12:27 PM

Also, adding to Rich, I'd assume your listener's unstated questions might impact the direction. Our participants, having come from multiple denominations into an evangelical world, ask some pretty hard questions at holidays.  Maybe because friends chat.


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Sean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 4:52 PM

Dennis Davis:

In this Christmas season, many of us are working through Christmas sermon series on the birth of Jesus.  I am doing the same but it just occurred to me that I'm not entirely sure how to go about using Logos to help research the question, "why did Jesus come to Earth?"  I can find the answers I need to more specific questions or topics such as the virgin birth, signs of His coming, etc. but how would you start to research the broader question of "Why?"

"Why?" is a theological question. For starters and for some different info. than what you might find otherwise, I'd search for the doctrine of recapitulation. Look at the early church fathers, especially Irenaeus. It depends on what you have in your library, but books on early Christian doctrine are a good place to start.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 6 2017 9:00 PM

Dennis Davis:
In this Christmas season, many of us are working through Christmas sermon series on the birth of Jesus.  I am doing the same but it just occurred to me that I'm not entirely sure how to go about using Logos to help research the question, "why did Jesus come to Earth?"  I can find the answers I need to more specific questions or topics such as the virgin birth, signs of His coming, etc. but how would you start to research the broader question of "Why?"

Interesting you should ask. I just started a series entitled Why Jesus Came, In His Own Words. I knew Jesus said on a number of occasions "I came that..." or "I have come..." so I decided to search for those occasions and then selected four of his statements to form my four pre-Christmas sermons.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 12:25 AM

Mark Smith:
Interesting you should ask. I just started a series entitled Why Jesus Came, In His Own Words. I knew Jesus said on a number of occasions "I came that..." or "I have come..." so I decided to search for those occasions and then selected four of his statements to form by four pre-Christmas sermons.

That's a great idea - I might "borrow it" for next yearSmile

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Ryan | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 2:27 AM

David P. Moore:

I typically use my "Got Questions?" resource for questions like this, as a start to my research:

https://www.logos.com/product/6623/got-questions-bible-questions-answered 

In it they answer the question "What was Jesus' mission? Why did Jesus come?"

There is also a companion website: https://www.gotquestions.org/ 

I like to use this as well to get the brain juices starting to flow. Another suggestion would be perhaps the section on Jesus, or Incarnation, in your favorite systematic theology book could also be helpful.

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 2:38 AM

Graham Criddle:

Mark Smith:
Interesting you should ask. I just started a series entitled Why Jesus Came, In His Own Words. I knew Jesus said on a number of occasions "I came that..." or "I have come..." so I decided to search for those occasions and then selected four of his statements to form by four pre-Christmas sermons.

That's a great idea - I might "borrow it" for next yearSmile

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 8:55 AM

Mark Smith:

Dennis Davis:
In this Christmas season, many of us are working through Christmas sermon series on the birth of Jesus.  I am doing the same but it just occurred to me that I'm not entirely sure how to go about using Logos to help research the question, "why did Jesus come to Earth?"  I can find the answers I need to more specific questions or topics such as the virgin birth, signs of His coming, etc. but how would you start to research the broader question of "Why?"

Interesting you should ask. I just started a series entitled Why Jesus Came, In His Own Words. I knew Jesus said on a number of occasions "I came that..." or "I have come..." so I decided to search for those occasions and then selected four of his statements to form my four pre-Christmas sermons.

Off Topic: I did a 10 part sermons series on that a few years back.

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Gregory Lynne | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 9:03 AM

9 And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him, the cause of eternal salvation:

The Holy Bible, Translated from the Latin Vulgate (Bellingham, WA 2009) Heb 5:9.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 11:07 AM

Rich DeRuiter:
Off Topic: I did a 10 part sermons series on that a few years back.

Ambitious. That would be a bit more complete than what I am doing in 4 messages.

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Dennis Davis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 2:19 PM

Absolutely  correct, Denise.  Coming from various denominations makes it an interesting task to try to break down traditions and erroneous teaching so that the real reasons can be taught (i.e. John 18:37 as Doc B mentioned). 

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Dennis Davis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 2:20 PM

Mark, 

Like minds...Smile

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 7 2017 5:49 PM

Mark Smith:
I knew Jesus said on a number of occasions "I came that..." or "I have come..." so I decided to search for those occasions and then selected four of his statements to form my four pre-Christmas sermons.

GREAT idea Mark.

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