Things Jesus Did Not Come to Do
A. Usually think about things Jesus came to do - seek and save the lost, suffer and die becoming “perfect” through things He suffered (Heb. 5:8,9), become the High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16).
B. Today notice some things the Bible says He did not come to do - which are just as important in understanding His mission as understanding things He came to do.
A. Not to destroy the law or the prophets (Mt. 5:17,18).
1. The “Law and the Prophets” referred to the O.T. (Mt. 7:12; 22:40 “on these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.”) (Not talking just about 630 laws.)
2. Destroy - to loose, throw down.
a. Some who claimed to keep it did loose when it was in conflict with their opinions/lives
(Mt. 15:4-6; 23:16-24).
b. He came to fulfill the law and the Prophets.
3. Until it was fulfilled none of it passed - when it was fulfilled it all ceased (Lk. 16:17 “It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail.”)
a. Jot - smallest letter (i); tittle - smallest part of a letter (pen stroke on “c” and “e”).
b. Its duration - “till all is fulfilled.” Note: “I came...to fulfill” none will pass “till all is fulfilled.”
c. Question: Did Jesus accomplish His mission? (Lk. 24:44).
d. When the purpose of a covenant (contract/will) is accomplished - it in not in effect.
(When a will has been executed - not destroyed, but no longer in effect.)
e. The purpose of the law (Gal. 3:24,25; 2 Cor. 3:7-11 - when sun comes up stars can no longer be seen; are there, but inferior, 3:14,15).
B. Not to bring peace (Mt. 10:34-37; Lk. 12:51-53).
1. The Prince of peace brought war - as a consequence of His demand for loyalty to Him and truth.
2. Does Christ want your family united? Not at the price of compromise with truth.
3. Does Christ want the church united? Not at the price of compromise with truth (1 Cor. 11:
19). God uses false teachings to test our allegiance! (When a church splits on family lines -
indicates loyalty was in wrong place!)
C. Not to be king of an earthly kingdom (Jn. 18:33-37).
1. He came to be a king (Lk. 1:30-33). Are You a king? “Yes” could be interpreted in political
sense; “No” could be interpreted in no sense. So - from whose viewpoint? Jewish or Roman?
2. Christ’s kingdom is not earthly (in same sense as Roman, etc.):
a. The kingdom is entered by a spiritual birth (Jn. 3:3-5)
b. Worship and lives are spiritual (Jn. 4:24; Rom. 12:1,2).
c. Mission is primarily spiritual (Eph. 4:11,12).
d. Established and defended by spiritual means (2 Cor. 10:4 “not carnal”; Eph. 6:17).
D. Not to be served (Mt. 20:25-28).
1. He didn’t just tell us the way - He showed the way. (When Israel fought war with Egypt, and other neighbors - TV show “How Israel Won the War” said they paid a great price in lives of officers, because they believed in leading, not just telling others to go!)
2. The Man of the towel - didn’t just tell His disciples to serve, He served (Jn. 13:4,5,14-16).
3. Phil. 2:5-8
E. Not to call the righteous (Lk. 5:30-32).
1. He was not saying they were not sick - but they did not recognize it.
2. A man comes home from work with dirty hands - three things take place: recognizes they
are dirty, desires to do something about it, and applies the cleansing agent.
3. The process of being cleansed begins with proper recognition of one’s condition.
4. Jesus did not come to save the self-righteous (even though they need it).
A. He did not come to condemn the world - it was already condemned (Jn. 3:16,17; 12:47).
B. But those who are sinners, even those who deny it, will be judged by His word (Jn. 12:48).