Why Did Jesus Come in the Flesh?

Here in the US, we live under what is known as a democracy. We elect leaders that we hope (and this is not always the case) will vote in our best interests as they represent us. The highest office is occupied by the President, and even though the US Constitution grants him a certain amount of authority, most of the government’s authority is embedded in the Congress. Only Congress can decide on issues concerning revenue, treaties with other countries, declaring war, et al. while the Supreme Court decides whether certain laws will be accepted or denied. This is how a democracy works, and for us it has worked quite well for the past 200+ years of our history.

A kingdom, however, is completely different. The kingdom is ruled by a king, which has full authority over his kingdom to declare war, make treaties, collect taxes, et al. This makes government much easier, but it also creates problems. For instance, when the king dies, his entire kingdom suffers and they mourn for him; whereas, in a democracy, the president can be easily replaced. Kings are elected for life, and upon their death, they are replaced by a family member; whereas, a president is replaced by another elected official. Make the president angry and you can expect Secret Service to watch you more closely, but make the king angry, and you die. As you can see, a theocracy (kingdom) and a democracy are two totally different things.

These differences can certainly corrupt us as we read the Bible. We read and interpret the scriptures through the eyes of democracy, but in reality God does not operate a democracy. He has a kingdom, and Jesus is the king. This is why Jesus had to come to earth:

  • Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (John 18:36-37)

Of course we wonder why he had to come in the flesh. Certainly he could communicate with us, and we have the Old Testament to prove it. Our misunderstanding lies in our ignorance of theocracies. Entering a kingdom requires birth. At our natural birth, we were born into this world into the kingdom of our first king, Adam. Since the first Adam sinned, we were all born into his sin as members of his kingdom. Therefore, to rectify our sin problem we must be born into a new kingdom under a new king. In our case we must be born into the kingdom of the second Adam:

  • And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:45-47)

For this reason, Jesus tells us:

  • Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:3-7)

Now we know he came to be a king and set up a new kingdom. His new subjects, however, were in bondage because of original sin, which was created by the first Adam. Therefore, they were indebted to God, and this debt had to be paid in order for them to escape their bondage. God required a blood sacrifice to pay for sin:

  • For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)

As a man, he could pay this price:

  • And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. (Hebrews 9:15)

As man and God, he could now be our mediator:

  • For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

As our mediator, he could now forgive us of our sins and bring us into the kingdom of God:

  • Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

Why did Jesus come in the flesh? Here are the reasons:

  • To be our new king
  • To bear witness of the truth
  • To fix our sin problem by:
    • Dying on the cross to pay the ransom
    • Providing a means to enter the kingdom of God
    • Giving us eternal grace so we could be forgiven of future sins
  • To be the mediator between God and man

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