I. The Purpose of Jesus.
1. The Purpose in the Coming of Jesus.
God Spelling Himself out in Jesus: change in the original language—bother in spelling Jesus out—sticklers for the old forms—Jesus’ new spelling of old words.
Jesus is God following us up: God heart-broken—man’s native air—bad choice affected man’s will—the wrong lane—God following us up.
The Early Eden Picture, Genesis 1:26-31. 2:7-25: unfallen man—like God—the breath of God in man—a spirit, infinite, eternal—love—holy—wise—sovereign over creation, Psalm 8:5-8—in his own will—summary—God’s thought for man.
Man’s Bad Break, Genesis 3. the climax of opportunity—the tree of choice—the temptation—blended lies—the tempter’s strategy—the choice made—the immediate result—safety in shame—the danger of staying in Eden—guarding man’s home—the return, Rev. 2:7. 22:14, 2. John 10:10.
Outside the Eden Gate: a costly meal—result in the man himself—ears and eyes affected—looking without seeing—a personal test—Isaiah’s famous passage, Isaiah 6:9-10, see Isaiah 42:18, 20, 23. 43:8. 29:10. Jeremiah 5:21. 6:10. 7:26. Ezekiel 12:2. Psalm 69:23. Micah 3:6. Acts 7:51.—Jesus’ use of parables—Jesus’ irony—Matthew 13:10-15. Mark 4:10-12. Luke 8:9-10. See John 12:40. Acts 28:26, 27. Romans 11:8. John 9:39-41—tongue affected—the tongue man’s index—effect of seeing God—whole mental process affected—sense of dread—– Paul’s seven steps down in mental process, Ephesians 4:17-19—Jesus the music of God, the face of God.