The Incarnation of Christ.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. – John 1:14-18.
Jesus personified grace and reality (truth) – God dispensing unmerited favor – in His living and dying for us. His rising, ascending, sitting, and reappearing at the end of time are also guarantees of our eternal life. He has done all these for us; to finally receive us unto Himself.
- Did he have to heal the sick? But He did. Why?
- Did he have to feed the hungry? But He did. Why?
- Did he have to teach them truth? But He did. Why?
- Did he have to suffer for us? But He did. Why?
- Did he have to die for us? But He did. Why?
His heart reached out to us, expressed through His doing and dying.
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” – John 12:27, 28.
Consider the following:-
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” – John 18:37.
Jesus came to bear witness to the truth (reality).
You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:2,3.
His grace. Truth (reality) – Your word is truth. – John 17:17.
As to why Jesus did what He did, and this is not an exhaustive list, could be summarized as follows:-
- He did because He was able to.
- He did because only He could.
- He did because He wanted to save us.
- He did because He wanted us reconciled to God.
- He did because He wanted us in God’s family.
- He wanted us in a right relationship with the Father.
- He saw the need. He reached out. Heart full of compassion; full of sorrow.
- He did it for the joy beyond the pain, suffering, shame, and death.
“[L]ooking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2.
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” – John 12:23-26.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.