By Julian Wells
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” ( John 17:3-4 NIV)
Our Lord’s own words from his great prayer in John 17 encapsulate the best Biblical answer as to why “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14 NIV) Jesus came that we may know God and through knowing him gain eternal life. That was the work that the Father gave him to do.
Before Christ came, men knew about God. They saw evidence of God. They knew God’s commandments. The challenge, the distinction, and the blessing of the Christian faith is that we may know the only true God and fellowship with him for all eternity.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV)