There have been many famous people that come and go throughout the history of the world- famous sports players, inventors, scientists and many others. All these people had impact, and all accomplished something, or else they wouldn’t be famous. But from a Christian perspective the person that had the most impact on the world was Jesus Christ, and His coming to the earth 2000 thousand years ago. Much was accomplished, or should I say, completed, when Jesus came to earth in the flesh. Books have been written, films have been produced, and many other attempts to encapsulate this broad subject have been made. I believe that everything that Christ accomplished while on this earth as a man can be narrowed down into three main ideas. The first is that Christ came to earth to provide a way of escape from the just consequences of our sins. The second reason is so He could fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies pertaining to the coming Messiah. And the third is to give Christians an example to follow and a goal to strive for. This concept of what Christ accomplished is a very broad subject. I will do my best to break down each of the statements I made above in a simple, easy to understand way while still doing it justice and not robbing it of its complexity.
The first why reason why Jesus came to the earth was to provide a way of escape from the just consequences of our sins. This is the most important reason by far. Without this we would be without hope or a reason to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “And God demonstrated his love for us in this, that while we were still in sin, Christ died for us.”
The key part of that verse is the section that says,”While we were still in sin.” The word “in” denotes present or enclosed, surrounded by limits (Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary). To know that we were once enclosed or surrounded by sin but now free is one of the most encouraging things that we can hear. Because of Him, we can stand forgiven by His grace…we were once lost in sin but are now found in him. This was the greatest thing that Christ accomplished when He came to earth.
Stay tuned for part 2!