There are 2 scriptures that particularly refer to the question “why did Jesus come “.
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, I came that they may have life and have it to the full”.
1 John 3:8 “… the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work“.
The common factor in both these scriptures is the work of satan… which Jesus came to destroy so that we can have life in all it’s fullness.
The question for us is this “do we believe He was successful in His mission?”… Most Christians would respond – ‘that is a silly question , of course He was successful – He was the Son of God’. I would suggest however that many Christians live as if He wasn’t successful at all.
The reoccurring theme among many believers goes something like this :- 1) My life seems to be a constant battle with satan, sometimes he wins and sometimes I win. 2) I know Jesus came to give me life abundantly, I just hope it starts soon.
Both of these statements are in conflict with scripture, both of these statements imply that Christ was only partially successful and both of these statements are crippling Christians all over the world.
Fact: at the moment when Christ cried out “it is finished” and died, the work of satan was destroyed and the glorious life of heaven became the inheritance of every believer.
Fact: satan can roar, intimidate and attempt to steal your joy and peace – BUT ONLY IF YOU GIVE HIM PERMISSION. If we fix our eyes on Christ and His spectacular work on the cross satan has no power. He is only empowered by our doubts and fears. Fix your eyes a Jesus and you can flick satan off like an annoying bug!!
Fact: Jesus came to give you life – it is a verb in the Greek, it means that He came to give you the energy of heaven, the same divine vitality that was His own source of life while on the earth.
If Jesus was completely successful in His mission, why then do we see Christians who are fearful and lacking lives of joy, peace and victory? The answer is simple; because they are still waiting for Jesus to give them something that they already have.
All of us are given the opportunity to look deeply upon the work that Christ completed on the cross, we must choose to believe if He was successful.