Our Lord did not come to teach us to walk in righteousness, although we are commanded to obey His laws and commands. He did not come to take on His kingship, although he is King of Kings. He did not come to bring peace, for His very presence caused strife and brought death.
You may remember how Herod sought to destroy him by killing all the baby boys. As He ministered to the poor, the lame, and the sick, His actions revealed jealousy and anger in the hearts of the Pharisees and Saducees. Even His own community rejected Him.
None of us would be willing to be so despised and rejected. We would quit, or move on, or even seek retribution. Jesus was meek. He did not seek His own glory, nor did He seek wealth or power. He already possessed all of creation. He spoke God’s truths with authority.
He wasn’t looking for social change, or a new program or method to ease the suffering of the people. Many continued to suffer various afflictions, despite His coming. Jesus sought no reward for His good works. He didn’t even have a home, a place to lay His head. Even the donkey He rode upon was borrowed.
Jesus came to die, to take the punishment for a wicked people, so that we could be reconciled to God the Father. He merely spoke the truth, calling upon all who would to follow Him. He offered Himself to spare us from the judgment and punishment God’s Law requires.
Now we are saved from God’s wrath, forgiven for our great sin. Then Jesus rose again, defeating death. Now we too can defeat death, because He promises to give eternal life to those who believe in Him.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3 (KJV)