Why did Jesus come?
1. He came to fulfill the Law.
2. He came to seek and save the lost.
(Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 1:15).
3. He came to serve.
4. He came to give His life in payment for our sins.
(Matthew 20:28; 1 John 3:5).
5. He came that we might have abundant life.
6. He came to reveal the Father.
(Matthew 11:27 ; John 14:9).
7. He came to separate believers from non-believers.
8. He came to proclaim truth. (John 18:37).
9. He came to give us a pattern of holy living. (1 Peter 2:21).
10. He came to ignite a spiritual fire.
11. He came to destroy the works of the devil.
(1 John 3:8; Hebrews 2:14-15).(2)
12. He did not come to judge, but He came to bring judgment.
(John 3:17; 9:39; 12:47).
#12 might appear to be a contradiction, but it's not. Today's Bite Size Bible Study explains.
(1) Opinions of Bible Scholars vary on the exact meaning of fire in this passage, but all agree it is a strong statement from the One Who truly set the world ablaze with His words and work here on earth. I would draw from all of the proposed meanings to say that Christ brought the world a fire of truth, the Spirit, reward and punishment, burning away the lies, igniting the truth in men's hearts.
(2) Scripture explains that while this has been done in the spiritual realm, we still will endure the works of the devil (sickness, suffering, evil) while on earth. The full realization of the devil's defeat will be at Christ's Second Coming. See Hebrews 2:5-8.