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To reveal God’s love
Christ came to earth to reveal the Father’s love. So, He gave up his throne, and stepped down from the throne of the universe, that He might save the world (Hebrews 10:5-7). For “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son” (John 3:16). Christ said, “I have declared unto them Thy name,”—“merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth” (John 17:26; Exodus 34:6). And His work of revealing the Father was prophesied in the Scriptures, “His name shall be called Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14) which “means, “God with us” (Matthew 1:22,23).
To identify with humans
The Son of God became a man so that He could reach us – the fallen race. He came to connect with us in our weakened and sinful state. If He had come clothed with His heavenly brightness, we could not have been able to look at the glory of His presence. Therefore, in His great love and His divine purpose to save man, Jesus took on a human body. He “did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6, 7).
To die and redeem people
Jesus’ obedience was rendered to the extent of laying down His life. Christ died a most humiliating death. It was the kind of death that involved great shame and suffering. Crucifixion was the punishment of slaves, non-Romans, and the worst offenders. In comparison to the Creator’s sacrifice, any human sacrifice seems so far inferior. Yet, ironically we find it difficult or impossible to submit our wills to the will of God. But this submission becomes possible when Christ lives in our hearts. Then, we live the life of the Son of God as we get transformed daily to be like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18).
To be an example of obedience
Christ’s life was an example of obedience to God’s will. By His sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15), He honored God’s law and didn’t abolish it (Matthew 5:17,18). He took the form of an obedient servant to teach the believers how to obey (Romans 5:19). And He promised that His victory over sin can be also given to the believers (Philippians 4:13).
To unite the human and heavenly families
Through His life, the Savior has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. God fulfilled His promise, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder” (Isaiah 9:6). The Lord has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. Therefore, the Prince of Peace” who is “holy, is not ashamed to call the believers His brethren (Hebrews 7:26; 2:11). Thus, in Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are brought together (Ephesians 2:7; 3:10, 11).
To vindicate God’s character
Ever since the fall of Adam, the devil had pointed to man’s sin as evidence that God’s law was unfair and could not be obeyed. But Christ came to disprove the devil. He was made like unto His brethren in all things, He suffered and was tested in all points like as we are, yet He did not fall in sin (Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:15). And He offered His victory to all that seek it by faith. “For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
In His service,