Why did the Son of God [Who is Himself God] come down to earth?
Had Christ come to earth solely to suffer and die at Calvary, in time, He would have been forgotten or become merely an historical figure of a different kind. Christ Himself indicated He did not want to be merely remembered when He taught His Apostles the words of worship: “Do this into my memory” (spoken at the Consecration of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ; at every validly executed Mass).
Was this not another manifestation of the loving care that God bestows on His human creatures? After all, God not only instructs us. He insists on being present among us!
Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the Garden of Eden. God instructed them. Later, He instructed Moses in giving His Ten Commandments. It is biblical scripture and oral tradition that Christ instructed His Apostles both before His prophesied death on the cross and after His prophesied resurrection; thus proving His assertion that He is God.
In His own words, Christ confessed that He was the Son of God and a King, explaining that His Kingdom was not “of this world.” Where is His Kingdom?
Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Opening prayer of Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
His Kingdom is spiritual in His Divine Liturgy and sacraments! Followers of Christ are to live Christ by abiding in His spiritual Kingdom of Divine Liturgy and sacraments on earth and thus eternally in Heaven.
Where can His Kingdom be found? Apocalypse tells us that Heaven is the “worship of the Lamb that was slain.” Christ Who is God came to abide with us on earth so that through the grace of His presence, we may abide with Him in the Kingdom of Divine Liturgy on earth and ultimately His Kingdom in Heaven.
Read Fr. Trinchard’s books to learn more about the Kingdom of God–Divine Liturgy.