By the time of the arrival of The Christ, our original design and purpose had become mostly “lost” to us. A major factor in the arrival of Jesus was to restore what had become so “lost” and forgotten.
The Lord Himself referred to this condition in the account of His encounter with Zacchaeus (Luke 19). At the conclusion of His encounter, Jesus makes an amazing statement. He speaks openly about His Divine purpose and the restoration to come to humanity through His Presence:
Jesus’ purpose was much deeper than merely seeking to save people from their sins – His purpose was to restore what had become lost to us.
“That which was lost,” when mankind fell into sin, was mankind’s sense of the immense value and importance of being the very “image” or “picture” of God, and of being “crowned with glory and honor” by the Most High. A remnant of this hope, capacity, and purpose, has always remained within human hearts – but it has so often been pushed aside and trampled in humanity’s attempts to be our own gods, to create our own image, to seize godlike control over our own lives, circumstances, and surroundings. It is a pointless pursuit, producing empty results. God did not design us to exalt ourselves. He designed us to exalt Him!
This is where the Christian message shines and the true Christian life inspires. The true message of Christianity is one of the complete restoration of mankind to God’s original design, and to God’s true purpose. Jesus came to reestablish that state where mankind could live life “crowned with glory and honor.” This is the kind of life that The Christ came to demonstrate to us, and to make possible for us. The things that Jesus demonstrated daily, through His life and ministry, illustrated and confirmed humanity’s divine purpose.
The Christ’s redemptive work, through His suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, fully facilitated the restoration of humanity’s purpose for all of humanity to experience. Jesus, the eternal Son of God, came to this earth and exhibited the manifest presence of God. When He came to this earth, He revealed God to us, as He really is. He came to be that living, active “picture” of God – to be “God with us.”
Jesus also came to restore us back to what we were all designed to be. He came to enable all of us to fulfill God’s special purpose for humanity. The redemptive work of The Christ brought about this great enabling. It is an enabling that is available to all who will truly believe. This is the great message of the true Christian faith.