Vintage Jesus, Part 10: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

This twelve-part series outlines the “Vintage Jesus” sermons of Mark Driscoll. See part 1 here.

3:29: To do the will of God, who sent him to earth as a missionary (John 6:38, 8:42)

4:20: To do everything anticipated in the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17-18)

5:37: There were three offices in the Old Testament, all of which Jesus filled: prophet (speaks), priest (serves), and king (rules). He demonstrated them in verifiable ways while on earth, and he continues to demonstrate them still from his seat in heaven.

6:21: Jesus as prophet: a bold, confrontational truth-teller

7:46: Unlike other prophets, Jesus says, “I tell you this” (not “God told me this”) or “I say to you”—I am the source and center and sum of truth. He appeals to his own authority as God, and people recognized that.

8:59: Jesus doesn’t just speak the word of God; he is the Word of God. (John 1)

10:38: Jesus was a preacher who pointed out sin and error and folly with the message “Repent.” He came to put his finger on the dark parts of our lives and release us from them. 

11:51: Is the Bible a depressing book? Depression vs. conviction

13:43: Jesus as priest: loving, humble, kind, merciful, serving; a mediator between God and people (Hebrews 9:26, 7:25)

15:46: Jesus both offered the sacrifice and was the sacrifice: he offered himself.

16:03: Jesus’s priestly ministry did not end with his death; he continues to serve us now in his resurrected life. He pays careful attention to our lives and in a prayerful way brings our needs and requests before the Father.

18:47: The prophet says, “Here is what you must do!” The priest says, “I’ll help you do it.” (The prophet commands; the priest enables.)

19:33: Examples of Jesus’s priestly ministry: Luke 19:10 (he came to seek and to save the lost); Matthew 9:9-13 (he came to call sinners, to bring mercy); Matthew 20:28 (he came to serve)

30:34: Jesus as king: ruler over all peoples, times, places, kingdoms, and all aspects of our lives (John 18:36-37)

32:03: He rules over the material and the immaterial, the physical and the spiritual. (Luke 11:19-20)

33:36: Everything is Jesus’s business because he reigns over all aspects of life, even our personal, private lives. We pretend to hold jurisdiction over some of these areas, but we’re just deluded; we need to acknowledge the rightful ruler.

36:11: Summary of Jesus’s three ministries

37:23: Why are these three ministries important? How do we experience them practically in day-to-day life?

47:44: You cannot have a full understanding of Jesus unless you understand how he comes to you in these three ministries. This is the Christian life—seasons of conviction, of friendship, and of kingship.

49:33: How to pray for Jesus as prophet, as priest, as king, depending on your need at the time

51:04: Having an imbalanced view of Jesus’s three roles is dangerous.

If you see him as prophet and king but not priest, the result is either despair or pride. (fundamentalist Christianity)

If you see him as prophet and priest but not king, the result is hypocrisy. (Jesus can help me where I give him permission. He can help me achieve my objectives, but he can’t tell me what to do.) (much of mainstream Christianity)

If you see him as king and priest but not prophet, there is no sense of the need for personal repentance; sin is viewed as systemic only and not particular to the individual. (liberal Christianity)

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One Response to Vintage Jesus, Part 10: Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?

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