The Reason Jesus Came – by Desmond Ford
- Christian Evidences
- Christian Living
- Dr Desmond Ford
- Eternal Life
Apr 20, 2016 1872
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
There’s the essence of it. One died for all (2 Cor 5:14). That’s why he came.
Jesus came to die. That wasn’t the reason we came. Death is involved inevitably in our coming, but it’s not the reason we come into the world. Martyrs choose between dying early or dying later. Jesus chose between dying or not dying. He was born to die. So, he is, first of all, the Saviour. Our Saviour. My Saviour.
People who think Jesus is, first of all, their example, think, ‘Well, if Jesus kept the law perfectly, then I must. I’ve had it if I don’t.’ I know of no more depressing doctrine under the sun than that.
The law requires that every thought should be as good, with as perfect a true sense of priorities, as Adam’s before the Fall. We do many stupid things. Half my prayers are asking the Lord to forgive my stupidities, as well as my sins. We’re addled in the head as well as the will.
The law requires that I do everything right. Yet I don’t do anything right. I’m an imperfect husband, imperfect father, imperfect minister – imperfect in everything I’ve ever done. I’ve never done anything altogether right. My only comfort is, neither have you!
But we have a Saviour who came to seek and to save that which was lost. And I’m lost! I’m like the man who falls out the fiftieth story window. He’s doomed, unless someone takes hold of him who’s going the other way! That Someone is Jesus.
– Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “The Crises of Christ: His Birth ”