The Savior’s purpose in coming to earth included more than saving
Jesus died to destroy the works of the devil. John
wrote, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil” (1 J 3:8).
Not only are we lost in sin, but the earth is defiled.
lamented, “The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world
languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do
languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof”
All creation groans in bondage and yearns for deliverance.
said, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and
travaileth in pain together until now.” (Rom 8:22).
Jesus brought light to the entire world.
Isaiah predicted, “Arise,
shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and
gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and
his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Is 60:2). Jesus said that he
is that light: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
God will fill the earth with his glory.
He promised Moses, “All
the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord” (Nu
14:21). The Bible prophesies, “For the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the
sea” (Hab 2:14).
Jesus also came to establish his kingdom.
Isaiah had foretold,
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no
end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it,
and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth
even for ever” (Is 9:7).
Jesus built his church and placed the keys of the kingdom in it.
He told Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and
the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Mat 16:18-19).
Jesus sent his apostles to preach the gospel and build up his
“And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and
to heal the sick” (Luke 9:2).
The preaching of the gospel heals us from sin’s ills.
records that the apostles “departed, and went through the towns,
preaching the gospel, and healing every where” (Luke 9:6).
People lost in sin’s darkness are delivered by the gospel into God’s
Paul praised God, “Who hath delivered us from the
power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his
dear Son” (Col 1:13).
The Bible says that those who obey the gospel become a holy nation.
Peter addressed the church, “But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, . . .which in time past were not a
people, but are now the people of God” (1 P 2:9-10).
The gospel delivers us as well as creation from darkness.
wrote, “By him all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by
him, and for him. . . And, having made peace through the blood of
his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself” (Col
Jesus reconciles all the world to God. Paul said,
“God was in
Christ, reconciling the world unto himself” (2 Cor 5:19).
All creation waits for the holy kingdom.
Paul wrote, “For
the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God. . . Because the creature itself
also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:19, 21).
Bringing people into God’s kingdom reconciles the world to God.
Paul explained, Christ “hath given to us the ministry of
reconciliation; . . . and hath committed unto us the word of
reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18-19).
The Bible promises that the kingdoms of this world will become the
kingdom of God.
John foresaw when “The kingdoms of this
world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he
shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev 11:15).
Christians work with Jesus to bring His kingdom on earth.
Bible records, “They delivered them the decrees for to keep, that
were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in
number daily” (Acts 16:4-5).