Seven: Why Did Yeshua Come to Earth?
It seems that many people don’t have a firm grasp on why Jesus came to earth, with some acting as though He came to start a new religion for the Gentiles, separate from Judaism, with a whole new set of doctrines, and that the main effect of his ministry was to free us from the bondage of the law that had been given at Mt. Sinai. But do his red letter words, spoken directly from his mouth, confirm this belief?
Yeshua affirmed the validity of Deuteronomy when he quoted from it three times to counter the temptations of satan in Matthew 4. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17-18), he is as specific as he could possibly be when he said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law” and “Till heaven and earth pass” (heaven and earth are still here) “one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.” How much more direct could he be? In Matthew 19:17, he specifically states that to enter into eternal life, you must keep the commandments. When asked which commandments, he lists from among the Ten Commandments, leaving no question that he affirms their continued validity.
Reading the rest of Matthew 5, he repeatedly magnifies the law. He extends the sin of murder to having anger in your heart, and the sin of adultery to having lust in your heart. Is it logical to interpret these passages to mean that the laws against murder and adultery have been done away with? Then why interpret Scripture to mean that any other laws were done away with?
In Matthew 7, His words warn us that the road to salvation is narrow with few going in, while the way to destruction is wide. Stories such as Noah and Lot exemplify how it is a small minority saved in times of judgment. Many will come to him in the day of judgment thinking that they have served him, only to be told that he never knew them, and to “depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” See also Matthew 25:41.
Skipping forward to Matthew 9: 5-6, he tells his disciples not to go to the Gentiles, but rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He repeats this in Matthew 15:24. He came as a Messiah to the Israelites. If he is not the Hebrew Messiah promised in the Old Testament, then he is not a Messiah to anyone, as there is no other Messiah promised. The only route for Gentile salvation found in Scripture is to be grafted in to the root of Israel (Romans 11:13-24). The only covenant is with Israel (Hebrews 8).
Yeshua calls himself the Lord of the Sabbath day, affirming it, not destroying it. In fact, it is the only commandment that he instructs us to pray that we do not have to break during the tribulation (Matthew 24:20). This verifies that he knew it would still be valid in the end of the age. Other passages assure us it will be valid into eternity. In Matthew 15, Yeshua says it is worship in vain to break a commandment in favor of tradition, yet that is exactly how most churches worship today.
His red letter words verify the eternal nature of the law rather than verify the theory that the law was nailed to the cross. What was nailed to the cross was the debt of our sins. Yeshua came for that purpose alone: to save us from our sins. From the lips of John the Baptist in John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.” Isaiah 53:10 says that He will be “an offering for sin.” In Matthew 26:28 Yeshua himself said that his blood was shed “for the remission of sins.” 1 John 1:7 says that His blood “cleanses us from all sin”, 1 John 3:5 says “he was manifested to take away our sins”, and Revelation 1:5 says he “washed us from our sins in his own blood.” Never will you find a single passage where he says he came to replace his law with grace. Instead, He supplies grace through his blood when we repent of falling short of his law.
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