John Blanchard writes:
Jesus knew exactly why he came into the world.
He came to show us what God is like. The Bible tells us that ‘God is light, and in him is no darkness at all’ and Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world.’ It is difficult to miss the connection. We saw in Chapter 6 that ‘God is spirit’, which explains why ‘no one has ever seen God’, yet in the same sentence we are told that Jesus ‘has made him known’. We are able to see ‘the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’. Jesus is eternally God, and remained fully divine throughout his earthly life, yet he was also truly and completely human. God is not cosmic dust or atmospheric energy, but is personal, as we can tell from his actions. The American scholar Peter C. Moore goes so far as to say, ‘The ultimate fact about the universe is a personal God.’ In Jesus we see a human illustration of God’s character.
He came to do God’s will and so fulfill his purposes. He told people, ‘I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me,’ and in the next two chapters we will focus on exactly what this was. On another occasion he taught his followers, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.’ As human beings, food is not an optional extra, but something that sustains the very fabric of our lives. Jesus ate and drank, just as we do, but his entire life was consciously committed to one thing—doing his Father’s will. Everything he did was aimed at fulfilling God’s purpose for his earthly life, and he did this so perfectly that he had no hesitation in saying, ‘I always do the things that are pleasing to him.’
He came on a rescue mission. He made this clear by saying that he came into the world ‘to seek and to save the lost.’ We often decide on what we would like to do with our lives when we see the kinds of things that interest us, or find skills we would like to develop. This can give us a sense of purpose in life, and some might even say they have found their life’s mission. Yet the Bible says that in our endless search for life’s real meaning ‘we grope like those who have no eyes’. By contrast, Jesus’ mission in life was known ‘before the foundation of the world’. In the Bible, Jesus says that the person who ‘walks in darkness does not know where he is going’, and claims, ‘Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’