Why Did Jesus Leave Heaven for Us?

As Christians, it has been our greatest gratitude to God for giving His only begotten Son to the world to live amongst us. However, it is also a question among Christians as to why Jesus had to leave heaven to fulfill God’s promise to us?

To understand this, we have to understand the deeper meaning of Jesus’ purpose here on earth, which is that He was on a mission to confirm God’s promise to men stemming from generation to generation.

We also have to understand that this mission’s purpose was not only to save us but also to reveal the Father to the world. Let’s discuss this in detail as we come to understand why Jesus had to leave paradise for us.

Jesus’ Mission Was Mandated by God the Father

The purpose of God to send His only begotten Son to the world is due to God’s nature, which is His love for His creation.

This purpose of God is the greatest love that any creation can ever receive. This is revealed in one of the most well-known Bible verses, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The incarnation of Christ was necessary to fulfill God’s mandate of love to us and that is why Jesus had to leave heaven to fulfill this.

Jesus’ Mission Confirmed God’s Promise

We can read in the Old Testament that God continued the promise to His chosen people, the place of Paradise. However, it is also written that His Chosen people continued to doubt God’s promise for them.

However, despite this, God never failed in His promise to His creations, and for this reason, He fulfilled it through His only begotten Son, Jesus. It is written in Romans 15:8, “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.”

Jesus is indeed the fulfillment of all the prophecies and laws employed in the Old Testament but yet, some Christians think He was brought to earth from heaven to break such prophecies.

This is not true at all. In fact, in Mathew 5:17, it is written, “‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.’”

There are about 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled by just taking the form of a human.

Jesus’ Mission Revealed the Father to the World

One of the many reasons why Jesus had to leave Heaven and come to earth was for God the Father, as well. Historically, God physically walked with men on earth, and then He was present as a pillar of cloud and fire and then through the Tabernacle and then the Temple.

God brought His son to earth to become human so that we could see God, as it is written in John 1:8, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”

This move by God the Father was not only for the time of Jesus’ incarnation but also for future generations. Because of Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, the present modern world can know God.

Jesus Redeemed the World from Sin

Jesus was the only human without sin, as He was both fully human and fully God. One of Jesus’ chief purposes here on earth was to redeem us from our sins. When Adam and Eve first sinned, they were both physically and symbolically covered by God with animal skin.

This meant that God would not allow humans to be covered with sin, rather, with His ultimate love in the form of Jesus, as it is written in Genesis 22:8, “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”

This verse means that God provided a more powerful offering for men so that we are redeemed from the sins of the past and the future through Jesus Christ if we choose to repent and believe. In John 1:29, it is written that Jesus is the “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Jesus Provides an Example to the World

In 1 John 2:6, we can read this, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Because of Christ, we now have someone we can emulate to the highest level.

As fully human, Jesus suffered the obstacles of this world, and yet, as fully God, He lived a sinless and holy life. In 1 Peter 2:21, we can read Jesus as an example, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

Jesus Provides the Greatest Gift

Jesus leaving Heaven for us is one of the greatest gifts that we could ever receive in our lives. It is more than every worldly possession.

His coming fulfilled a promise and mandate from God, redeemed us from sins, and gave us the ultimate example of what we should truly be in this world.

For further reading:

What Does it Mean That Our Citizenship is in Heaven?

What Was Jesus’ Mission?

How Was it the Right Time for Jesus’ Life on Earth?

Was Jesus Fully God as a Baby?

What Is Heave Like According to the Bible?

What Is the Significance of ‘For God So Loved the World’?

How Can I Identify Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament?

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Glory Dy has been a content creator for more than 10 years. She lives in a quiet suburb with her family and four cats.

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