The following is a list (which I’m sure some of you will help me to see is incomplete!) I’ve compiled of New Testament texts describing the mission or the purpose of the Incarnation. As you’ll see, most of these texts are framed in terms of an explanation as to some aspect of why Jesus has come, or why He was sent. Some of them are surprising; all of them are worthy of reflection and meditation. My prayer is that their breadth will broaden your own worship as Christmas Day approaches!
Here they are….
Matthew 5:17. Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Mark 10:45. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
Luke 5:32. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:17. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
John 6:38-39. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
John 9:39. And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”
John 10:10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
John 12:27—28. Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
John 12:46. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
John 18:37. Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Galatians 4:4—5. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
1 Timothy 1:15. It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
Hebrews 9:26. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
1 John 3:5. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
1 John 3:8. the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 4:9—10. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:14. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.