Summary: Jesus came into this world for one purpose only and that was to pay mankinds sin debt.
Jesus Christ The Only Begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin and came into this world for one purpose only, and that was to pay mans sin debt as He died there on the cruel cross of Calvary. Listen as I read today’s text found in
John 12: 23-28 23And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
27Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
I read about a man named Richard Bandler who was telling about visiting a psychiatric hospital and dealing with a man who believed that he was Jesus Christ. He didn’t believe it in a spiritual sense, but literally.
Bandler walked into the room to meet this man, and ask him; “Are you Jesus?” “Yes, my son,” came the reply. Then Bandler said, “Wait here. I’ll be back in just a minute.”
The man was a little confused by Mr. Bandler suddenly leaving, but Bandler returned in a few minutes with a measuring tape. He asked the man to hold out his arms, and as he did so Bandler measured the width of his outstretched arms and his height from head to toe. As soon as he was done measuring, he suddenly left again. The man claiming to be Jesus didn’t know what to think.
But it wasn’t long until Bandler came back. He was carrying a hammer, some large spiked nails, and two long boards. He began pounding the nails into the boards to form a cross — exactly the right size for the man who was claiming to be Jesus. “What are you doing?” the man asked, as his voice began to rise. As Bandler was putting the last nail in the cross, then Bandler asked again, “Are you Jesus?”
Once again the man replied, “Yes, my son.” Then Bandler said, “Then you know why I’m here.”
Somehow, the man suddenly remembered who he really was. He began yelling: “I’m not Jesus! I’m not Jesus!” He was not nearly so interested in being Jesus at that point.
And a lot of people like to think they could be Jesus. They are amazed at his ability to heal. They are awestruck at his wisdom. They are attracted by his power. They think they would be like Jesus, until they understand what he did and the sacrifices he made. They would like to live his life, but they would not like to die his death.
But in a very real sense He is asking all of us exactly that.
Jesus invites us to share in his death. Jesus is asking all of us to partake in his death. He don’t want us to literally die on a cross the way He did, or any other kind of physical death.