What Was Jesus’ Mission

What Was Jesus’ Mission?

Among superheroes and secret agents, special missions are a typical occurrence in film. Most audiences are familiar with the standard hero rescuing the world or spy defeating a villain assignment. However, there is a new twist: A person described in Scripture whose mission was epically greater than any plot in any modern superhero movie has gained popularity in recent years, despite the fact that comic book heroes such as the Avengers, Superman, and the X-Men have gained popularity as individuals on larger-than-life missions in recent years.

Reading the Bible and becoming sidetracked by other events in Jesus’ life, such as His wonderful life as a great Teacher or his explanation of Kingdom principles in the Sermon on the Mount, might lead readers to conclude that these events were the emphasis of His mission rather than the other events.

As the Son of God, Jesus Christ came to earth to suffer for the sins of people and to be raised from the dead, so giving salvation to anyone who put their faith in Him.

To understand why Jesus had a mission to come to the world in the first place is essential before delving into how these components portray Jesus’ objective for coming to the world.

What Was Jesus’ Mission?

God’s plan to save humanity started thousands of years ago, with the arrival of the first humans on the planet. In spite of the fact that Adam and Eve were faultless in God’s eyes, they decided to violate God’s specific instructions not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:16-17). As a result of their refusal to diligently obey these directions, Adam and Eve consumed the fruit from the tree, bringing darkness and death into the world (Genesis 3:6; 17-19;Romans 5:12).

God, on the other hand, did not abandon them in their plight, but instead gave them reason to hope.

A future Messiah who would redeem His people from their sins was predicted in this salvation promise, which is known as the protoevangelium (early gospel).

It is not true that the Messiah was the political leader that the Jews had falsely imagined He was, who set them free from the shackles of Roman authority.

As an alternative, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, came as the compassionate Servant-King to release all people from the shackles of spiritual darkness: the tyranny of sin and its consequences (Zechariah 9:9;Romans 6:18; 8:2).

The Name of the Hero

The name “Jesus,” which is derived from the Hebrew names Yeshua or Joshua, is a theologically laden moniker. Names had a great deal of complexity and significance in biblical times, which may be easily ignored by contemporary readers. According to the book of 1 Samuel, the daughter-in-law of Eli the Priest gave birth to a boy shortly after learning of her husband’s and father-in-deaths, law’s as well as the disappearance of the Ark of the Covenant from the Tabernacle of the Lord’s house (1 Samuel 4:19-20).

As can be seen in this example, biblical names have a great deal of significance and meaning.

It’s worth noting that the Hebrew derivation of Jesus, “Yeshua,” also has the connotation of “rescuer” or “deliverer,” which is significant.

Jesus — the God who saves — was able to complete His purpose to the fullest extent possible.

Jesus’ Birth Narratives

The gospels of Matthew and Luke give a detailed account of Jesus’ birth and the events that occurred immediately after His birth. As evidenced by His given name, Jesus had already been prophesied as the Messiah, or Savior, of His people (Matthew 1:21). Jesus’ salvific mission is demonstrated not only by the angel Gabriel’s prophecy, but also by Simeon’s prayer of thanksgiving and Anna’s emotion upon seeing the Christ child in the temple. Simeon’s prayer pointed to the salvation that would be brought about through Jesus.

According to Simeon, Jesus would be a “light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel,” as well as a “light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel” (Luke 2:32).

Simeon also predicted of Jesus’ death, which would bring Mary much grief when he met her and Joseph for the first time (Luke 2:33-35).

She joyfully shared the wonderful news of Jesus’ advent as the Messiah with everyone who gathered in the temple courtyards to hear it (Luke 2:38). People had began to perceive Jesus’ genuine purpose for coming even before His presentation of the temple to the people at that time.

Jesus’ Statements in the Gospels

While on earth, Jesus foretold of his death and resurrection throughout His ministry (Matthew 16:21; 17:22-23;Mark 8:31;Luke 9:22). During these times, the disciples were unable to comprehend what Jesus was alluding to, but Jesus’ repeated reference of these occurrences served to stress the significance of these events. His attention was focused on completing the work that the Father had assigned to Him (John 6:28), which was to lay down His life for others and rise from the dead in accordance with the promise of the Scriptures (Luke 24: 25-27, 46-48).

  1. If you have confidence in Jesus and feel a change of heart, Christ’s brief statement is: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to rescue the lost” (Matthew 19:10).
  2. Jesus made this statement after reflecting on Zacchaeus’ position as a son of Abraham, despite the fact that he was a despised tax collector and “sinner,” in order to fulfill Simeon’s promise that Jesus would be the Savior of all people (Luke 19:2,7).
  3. “I have not come to summon the righteous, but sinners,” Jesus stated, drawing a parallel between himself and a doctor who is assisting ill people (Mark 2:17).
  4. His world-saving mission is emphasized in a number of different statements.
  5. Jesus’ remark that He came to sacrifice His life as a ransom for many was the clearest indication about His purpose among all of his other declarations (Matthew 20:28;Mark 10:45).

His Mission Accomplished

His death and resurrection served as the culmination of His mission, which was to offer salvation to all who believe (John 3:16-17). All individuals owed a horrible amount of sin, and only Jesus, who is God in human form, could provide the appropriate sacrifice to discharge that obligation (1 Peter 2:24). Despite this, He was without sin, and He bore the punishment for all of mankind’s sins by dying on the cross in their place (2 Corinthians 5:21). Having triumphed over death by His resurrection, Jesus now freely offers new life in eternal relationship with Him to anyone who places their faith in Him (Romans 6:23).

  1. Christ, by His own authority and will, laid down His life as the sacrificial lamb on the cross for the forgiveness of sins (John 1:29).
  2. There is no other superhuman deed that can compare to the sacrifice made by the greatest Hero, Jesus Christ, on the cross.
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What was Jesus’ mission? Why did Jesus come?

QuestionAnswer Throughout Jesus’ life, He demonstrates that He was a man on a mission at various points. He had a goal, and he worked hard to see it through to completion. From an early age, Jesus realized that He “must be about Father’s business.” He was only a child (Luke 2:49, KJV). The final days of His earthly existence saw Jesus “resolutely set out for Jerusalem,” where He was well aware that he would be executed (Luke 9:51). It may be argued that the central aim of Christ’s earthly ministry was to carry out God’s plan of salvation for those who were lost.

  • As a response, Jesus stated that His goal was to save those who were in need of salvation.
  • A number of occasions during Christ’s public ministry, He attempted to pardon people who were ostracized by the self-righteous authorities of the day.
  • (Matthew 9:9).
  • Jesus’ ultimate objective was to save people.
  • Throughout the Gospels, we witness Jesus calling people to repentance and forgiving even the most heinous of offenders.
  • In reality, as the parables of the lost sheep and the lost pennies demonstrate (Luke 15:1–10), He follows after individuals who have gone astray.
  • Isaiah 57:15).
  • Questions regarding Jesus Christ (return to top of page) What was the purpose of Jesus’ life?

Direction: The Mission of Jesus Christ According to Luke 4:18-19

Prev|Next Fall 2012, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 293–299 Prev|Next Compass for Ministry God’s mission begins in the depths of his heart (Escobar). God sent his only begotten Son to this earth to save us from our sins. The Holy Spirit came into our world as a gift from God and Jesus. Jesus sent his apostles, as well as us. Where? Welcome to this planet. The Holy Spirit is the most important player in the completion of the task. In order for churches to fulfill their ministry, objectives, and mission in the world, the teaching ministry of Christian educational institutions must aid them in doing so.

This redemption and good news was and continues to be focused at every area of need, poverty, and difficulty that exists in the world.

He is burdened by a huge number of troubles and calamities, and he is in desperate need of the good news of Christ’s love, grace, and favor.

Because God had anointed him with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was certain that he would be able to carry out his mission successfully. Luke 4:18–19 is a scripture that speaks to us about Jesus’ mission and may be found in the Bible.

Problem: Poverty

“to bring good news to the needy,” according to Luke 4:18 (a). There is a lot of spiritual and moral poverty in the world. Economic poverty is certainly a very serious issue, particularly in developing nations such as Paraguay, but it is also prevalent in many other countries. What exactly did Jesus do to help the poor?

  • Because the widow’s only son was the source of support for the widow’s future, he felt compassion for her and resurrected her only son from the dead out of compassion. He restored health to the lepers, allowing them to return to their jobs. He chastised the wealthy for taking advantage of the disadvantaged, particularly orphans and widows. On the other hand, we see that he praised the actions of a poor widow who placed everything she had in the offering plate
  • He did not prevent her from giving, and the Bible does not mention that he gave her any funds, now that she was without money
  • He did not prevent her from giving, and the Bible does not mention that he gave her any funds

The impoverished are not always in need of assistance. On the contrary, they are frequently abounding in religious belief. Then, my dear brothers, consider this: Hasn’t God selected those who appear to be poor in the eyes of the world, but who are wealthy in faith, to be the heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? (See also James 2:5).

  • I know numerous people who are in desperate need of money, but who are also filled with faith and making progress in their lives. They do not believe they have been abandoned by God, but rather that they have been lavished with love. From my perspective, a person who follows Jesus and places their confidence in him is not impoverished. He or she may be in need of tangible goods, as Jesus and Paul were
  • Yet, the promise is that God would provide for their requirements. Do we know what it means to be content and do we preach it?
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Problem: Captivity

“He has dispatched me to proclaim liberation to the imprisoned,” says Luke 4:18(b). We don’t find any mention of Jesus releasing someone from prison in the Gospels. (We do read in Acts about several people who were miraculously released from prison.) He did not even grant John the Baptist his release when he was imprisoned, despite the fact that he could have done so given his position of authority. So, who were the inmates whom he freed? They are devil’s prisoners. Many persons who had been possessed by demons were set free by Jesus.

  • Numerous people continue to be held captive by the devil and his demons, even in this day and age. In our nation, there are many people who have resorted to spiritism, witchcraft, and mind-reading, and who have become enslaved by evil spirits in some manner or another. What do we educate the students at our Christian colleges and universities about how these individuals might be set free from their shackles?

Those who are enslaved by sin and vice Jesus responded, ‘Very honestly, I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.’ (See also John 8:34.)

  • Prostitutes, adulterers, and tax collectors were not the only ones who were considered sinners. Jesus realized that the Jews had believed themselves to be free, but that they were completely imprisoned by sin. We recognize that many people believe they are free today, but we also realize that they are imprisoned by sins such as addiction, hatred, violence, hypocrisy, jealousy, greed, and a host of other vices.

Prisoners of their own wealth

  • Although wealth hindered the rich young ruler from following Jesus, it is also a significant barrier that prevents many people from following the Lord faithfully today. Our goal is not just oriented at the poor, but also toward the wealthy. They must be liberated from their attachment to money.

Tradition and legalism have imprisoned them.

  • Tradition and legalism have imprisoned us.

Even in our Christian institutions, there are a great number of prisoners. They need to be set free as soon as possible. Do we declare to them the freedom that comes through Christ? Do we declare ourselves free from the shackles of certain traditions?

  • In other words, if the Son sets you free, you will truly be free. (See also John 8:36). “Glorious liberation, lovely freedom, no longer in bonds of sin I repine,” as the song puts it.

Problem: Physical Suffering

“Restoration of sight for the blind,” according to Luke 4:18 (c). Jesus was concerned about the physical suffering of his followers. Rather than acting as God, we believe in a God who has the ability to heal others.

  • A prayer for miracles and healing was raised up by the earliest Christian church, which was answered by God. How many of us cry out to God for healing? God is the same God he was yesterday, today, and forever
  • God is the same God he is today, tomorrow, and forever. Sometimes he cures instantaneously, sometimes it is a process, sometimes he utilizes medicine, sometimes he merely relieves the agony
  • But we may call out to him and place our faith in him.

Problem: Oppression

Many people are oppressed, worried, weighted down, and mourning as a result of the actions of Jesus in Luke 4:18 (d). Those who are socially oppressed

  • Jesus exhibited compassion for those who were considered outcasts (such as lepers)
  • Does our organization have a purpose to reach those who are considered misfits by society?

Having been oppressed by sin and a terrible way of existence

  • During Jesus’ visit to the woman from Samaria, he restored her life. The prodigal son returned to his father’s warm and loving house
  • He was welcomed back.

As a result of traumatic life events, I feel oppressed.

  • Are we giving hope and encouragement to those who are wounded and shattered by the anguish and wounds of the past—childhood abuse, marital infidelity, and financial injury—and if not, when will we begin to do so?

Fear and stress have enslaved me.

  • “Do not be concerned,” Jesus instructed his disciples (Matt. 6:31). People who live in fear and anxiety do not have the opportunity to have a joyful and full life. Despite this, many Christians are oppressed by the current evil, living in fear of what is to come, fear of what others will say, anxiety about the current economic situation, worry for their children, and so on
  • And

Do we live and preach the freedom that Christ has given us?

  • Were our neighbors, classmates, and Christian brothers and sisters able to identify us as free individuals? Jesus was entirely free, and only he is capable of providing genuine freedom to others.

Conclusion

The good news is that the year of the Lord’s favor has arrived. (See Luke 4:19 for further information.) It is our belief that the moment has come for God to display his favor in a very significant way in Paraguay and South America. In order to be effective, the teaching ministry of Christian educational institutions must be aligned with the church’s overall goal. Furthermore, it should aid the church in the accomplishment of its ministry, objectives, and mission in the world at large. The language of Christian institutions should be the same as that of the church.

Because our ministry would be restricted to only human force and human efforts until we are anointed with the Holy Spirit, we must be anointed with the Holy Spirit like Jesus.

“I have come to announce the year of the Lord’s favor, to liberate the captives and restore sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19).

Then, in a conversation with his Father, Jesus adds, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18).

Elfriede Janz de Verón is an Instructor in New Testament at the Instituto Bíblico Asunción, in Asunción, Paraguay. She has a PhD in Education. This meditation was delivered at the ICOMB Higher Education Consultation in Winnipeg in June 2011.

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Jesus’ mission—What was it?

Jesus’ primary job on earth was to carry out God’s plan to “seek and rescue the lost,” which was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Despite his youthful age (Luke 2:49), He was fully conscious of His mission, and he set out on a deliberate path to achieve it. Throughout His life, Christ was aware that God’s plan for Him included dying on the crucifixion as a sacrifice for the sins of those who placed their faith in Him, and rising from the dead as a victor over sin and death. As a result, at the conclusion of His life, Jesus made a determined journey to Jerusalem, where He would be crucified (Luke 9:51).

  1. In fact, He was frequently chastised for spending much too much time with “sinners,” individuals whom the self-righteous religious authorities of the day had shunned as unworthy of their attention.
  2. Throughout Jesus’ mission, He made a point of extending these outcasts forgiveness and providing them with a new beginning.
  3. In addition to the woman who was caught in adultery (John 8:3–11), Jesus also saved the sinful woman with the alabaster jar (Luke 7:36–50), as well as His disciple Matthew, who was previously a tax collector (Matthew 9:9).
  4. The wonderful mission of Christ teaches His followers that no one is either unworthy of salvation or too far gone to be saved (Romans 3:23; Galatians 3:28).
  5. The man lived in a cave, essentially cut off from the rest of civilization.
  6. Throughout His ministry, Jesus traveled and cured a wide variety of people who believed in His mission, including Gentiles and Roman authorities.
  7. So that everyone could comprehend His purpose, Jesus performed miracles and taught parables about rescuing the lost in order for them to be understood.

In the book of Luke 15:1–7, He provides an explanation of His active mission.

“There will be more delight in heaven over one sinner who repents than there will be over ninety-nine good folks who do not need to repent,” Jesus says at the conclusion of this story (Luke 15:7).

Jesus also narrates a parable about a prodigal son, who returns to his father’s house after making a number of detrimental actions that have caused him to be estranged from his family.

In spite of the fact that He is still alive, Jesus is true to His purpose, and He calls on all sinners to repent and come into His father’s home.

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The Life and Mission of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the greatest human being to ever be born on our planet, and he serves as our ultimate example for us. He is the Lord of lords, the Creator, and our Savior, and He came to Earth in order for us to be reunited with God once more.

Born in humble circumstances

Jesus was born to the virgin Mary in a little town in a far-flung corner of the earth, where he was raised by the apostles. All of our aspirations and ambitions were realized because of that humble beginning. Yet, despite the fact that He was the Son of God, endowed with unlimited knowledge and power, He was mortal and prone to hunger and suffering. Jesus Christ was well acquainted with the difficulties and tragedies of this life. He knows and understands each and every one of us completely. Even as a child, Jesus was imparting the knowledge of God’s word.

  1. When Jesus first began His ministry, he fasted in the wilderness for 40 days before going into Jerusalem.
  2. His baptism in the Jordan River was likewise performed by John the Baptist.
  3. The following day, following Jesus’ baptism, God exclaimed, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I take pleasure” (Matthew 3:17).
  4. More significantly, He was the one who made these wonders possible.
  5. Jesus is also the most perfect example of love that anyone could ever hope to see.
  6. His love is limitless and available to each and every one of us.
  7. At the time of His death on the cross, Jesus forgave the people who had murdered Him.
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Those miracles brought old prophesies to fulfillment and proclaimed His divinity to the world.

With all of this confidence, we may rest assured that He is our God and that He has complete control over all of His creatures, including us.

He opened the eyes of the blind.

“And they up their voices in prayer, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have pity on us.'” And when he saw them, he told them to go and show themselves to the priests, which they did.

He provided healing for the ill and wounded.

In Luke 13:11–17, Jesus says, “And he put his hands on her, and instantly she was made straight, and she glorified God.” “When I looked up, there saw a dead guy being brought out, and he was the sole son of his mother, who was a widow.” And when the Lord saw her, he was moved with compassion for her and told her not to weep.

Jesus then says to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water,’ and they do.

And they take it in stride.

He came to them on a maritime voyage during the fourth watch of the night.

He fed thousands of people with a small amount of food”And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he lifted his eyes to the heavens and blessed them, breaking the loaves and distributing them to his disciples to lay before them; and the two fishes he divided among them.” And they did all eat, and they were all satisfied.” (See Mark 6:34–44.) Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived, according to historians.

  1. He frequently utilized parables, or tales, to convey essential truths that we may still use in today’s world today.
  2. As Jesus stated in Matthew 20:1–16, everyone who chooses to come unto Him and participate in His cause will have the chance to receive equal blessings.
  3. (See Matthew 18:33 for further information.) According to Jesus, we should love our neighbor, and the parable of the good Samaritan shows us that our neighbors can be anybody, including strangers or enemies (see Luke 10:25–37).
  4. According to Luke 15:3–7, Jesus Christ, in His role as the Good Shepherd, searches anxiously for all of us, especially those who have become separated from His flock.
  5. In many ways, His teachings were ahead of His time.
  6. He instilled in us the ability to forgive.
  7. He instilled in us the values of loving God and loving our neighbor.

Throughout His life, many people were enraged with Jesus because He stood up to hypocrisy and criticized it.

The fact that He displayed enormous authority caused some civic and religious leaders to feel intimidated by His presence.

The weight of every sin and anguish known to humankind was lifted off His shoulders as he endured the agony of suffering for every person who has ever lived.

“I lay down my life,” the Lord said, “in order that I may receive it back.” No one can take it away from me; I must give it up of my own own.

As He lay dying at the hands of His own people, Jesus called out to God, pleading with Him to have pity on them.

(1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Timothy 2:10).

Job 19:25 is an example of this.

” My little children, I write these things to you so that ye may not commit sin.

” The Bible says (1 John 2:1).

Then the apostle Simon Peter responded by saying, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16; Mark 10:16).

Jesus rose from the grave

Following His death, Jesus resurrected from the tomb and appeared to His friends and disciples three days after His death. Because Jesus has been raised from the dead, we shall also be raised from the dead one day. When Jesus arose from the tomb on that first Easter morning, he was able to break the bonds of death. Because of His death and resurrection, we are able to face the problems of our everyday lives with confidence in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The knowledge that there are no lost causes, no dead ends, and that none of us are beyond His perfect love and limitless capacity to save is a comforting thought.

The Mission of Jesus Christ

We have a magnificent example in Jesus Christ, the greatest Being to ever be born on this planet. He is the Lord of lords, the Creator, and our Savior, and He came to earth in order for us to be reunited with God once more. Jesus is the firstborn of God the Father in the spirit world, and he is the only child of God who has ever been in the physical world. The Virgin Mary carried Him in her womb before He was born and cared for Him during His earthly life. Before the earth was created, he determined what he would do.

  1. When He questioned His followers, “Whom do ye say that I am?” He was referring to Himself.
  2. Jesus was the greatest teacher who ever lived, and He continues to educate us even today via His teachings.
  3. It took them by surprise when He revealed His understanding to them.
  4. Jesus preached that all people should have “life, and that they may have it more abundantly” as a result of his sacrifice (John 10:10).
  5. Jesus led a sinless life, and as a result, he served as the best model for us to follow.
  6. Jesus did not require baptism in order to cleanse himself of any sins.
  7. Jesus is also the most perfect example of love that anyone could ever hope to see.
  8. His love is limitless, and it is available to everybody who seeks it.
  9. At the time of His death on the cross, Jesus forgave the people who had murdered Him.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he felt the full force of every sin and sorrow known to humans. Jesus bore the punishment for every sin committed by every person who has ever lived.

Jesus’s Mission Statement

Bryan Owen contributed to this article. People die because there is no vision in this place – Proverbs 29:18 That little line from the book of Proverbs captures a huge universe of knowledge in a single sentence. It serves as a reminder of the necessity of having a sense of purpose and direction in our everyday lives. In order to get there, we must express the fundamental principles that serve as the foundation of our identity. And we must make sure that our behaviors are consistent with those ideals.

  • We must be aware of our own identities.
  • We must understand what it will take to get there.
  • In fact, mission statements are created by many corporations and charitable organizations — including churches — for just this purpose.
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  • In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Saint Luke, we get a glimpse of what it looks like.

In response to receiving an Isaiah scroll, Jesus spoke aloud the following verses: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to deliver good news to the poor.” The Lord has sent me to announce freedom to the captives and sight restoration to the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to herald the coming of the year of the Lord’s blessing (Luke 4:18-19).

  • It exposes Jesus’ true identity as the Christ, as well as his mission on earth.
  • As a reference to the prophet Isaiah, Jesus begins by declaring that the Spirit of the Lord has anointed him “to deliver good news to the needy.” The term “the poor” is usually used in a literal meaning throughout Luke’s Gospel.
  • The majority of people in Jesus’ day believed that poverty was a sign of God’s wrath and that prosperity was a sign of God’s blessing.
  • The ministry of Jesus was centered on providing the impoverished with the hope of God’s love and the promise of God’s deliverance.
  • As a healer, Jesus was able to release those who had been possessed by evil spirits or were bound by physical diseases.
  • The plight of those who were imprisoned struck our Lord’s heart with compassion.
  • “Recovery of sight to the blind” was another service offered by Jesus.

Blindness was associated with a religious shame in Jesus’ day, with many believing that it was a symbol of God’s wrath on sin, which led to his death.

However, in the Gospels, the problem of blindness extends beyond the literal sense of sight.

This occurs when people are unable to recognize the truth, even though it is directly in front of their faces, due to ignorance or purposeful rejection of the truth.

As a result, they are easily thrown around by what St.

God has a special affection for individuals who are blind.

And that truth is most clearly revealed in the person and activity of Jesus Christ, for those who are able to see with their eyes open.

The God of the Bible, on the other hand, is a God of justice.

Using others, manipulating them, and taking advantage of them degrades their dignity, and this incites God’s righteous rage and desire to bring about justice.

A complete Kingdom of God agenda that delivers the message that God has come into the world through Jesus Christ to rescue, cure, and put things right includes good news for the poor, release for prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, freedom for oppressed people, and a year of the Lord’s favor.

God desires abundant life for everyone right now, at this precise now.

These are precisely the individuals who stir God’s heart with compassion: those who do not fit into society, those who have endured injustices, those who want assistance but are unable to provide it for themselves, and those who are despised for their moral flaws.

In closing out one year and kicking off another, may we who follow Jesus as Lord and Savior embrace the ideals expressed in his biblically based mission statement as we come to the end of one year and begin a new one.

We pray that we will put those ideals into action so that we might serve as agents of God’s healing love, peace, and justice in a broken world. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Rev. Dr. Bryan Owen is the rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he has served since 2007.

5 Ways We Can Continue the Mission of Jesus

“We are what we think about,” says the author. When one thinks on insignificant or insignificant things, one loses fiber and becomes sluggish in spirit. Soldiers must be physically and mentally tough. Soldiers are pressed for time and cannot do everything. ‘I have no time for anything other than my career,’ a young officer once stated, and to some extent, he was correct. If we want to be true warriors, we must avoid being involved in the concerns of this world. “By its affairs, I mean its conversation, its methods of thinking, and its means of settling matters, as well as its overall aspect and direction.” Candles in the Dark, by Amy Carmichael Two thousand years ago, the Son of God set aside His splendor, descended from the throne of God, and descended into our physical world for a single cause.

  1. He was on a mission from God, and he had a holy mandate to complete.
  2. He was the Son of Man, who had “came to seek and to save” those who had gone astray (Luke 19:10).
  3. When He told His followers, “What am I to say?,” He understood the inevitability of His mission.
  4. But it was for this reason that I arrived at this hour” (John 12:27).
  5. What is the truth?
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What Was Jesus’ Mission?

Jesus was always quite clear about the nature of His ministry. His public ministry began when He stood up in a Jewish synagogue and declared it to be true during the first few days of His life. It was during this reading that He acknowledged that He was the fulfillment of the prophet’s prophecies (Isaiah 61:1-2). “There is an indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon me, since He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor,” says Paul. I’ve been sent by the Lord to announce freedom to the prisoners and sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, and to proclaim “the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18).

It was while He was walking among the people that He completed His portion of the mission, proclaiming the kingdom of God, teaching the truths of Scripture, and healing miraculously in order to demonstrate, affirm, and demonstrate the power of God that was within Him.

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells his followers: “Go, then, and make disciples of all countries, baptizing them inthe name ofthe Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to do all I have told you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” As followers of Jesus, we are also called to carry out the mission that he has given us.

If we want to avoid becoming entangled in the entanglements of this world that would prevent us from walking in obedience, we must be deliberate and practical. Here are five practical ways in which we might carry on the work of Jesus and his disciples.

1. Recognize God’s Sovereignty over Our Lives

There was nothing random or coincidental about Jesus’ arrival, nor was there anything coincidence about the purpose of his presence. We are told by the apostle Paul that Jesus came into our world “when the fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4:4). God is sovereign, which means that He has complete authority and control over everything that occurs, including when, why, and how it occurs (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). Our existence is not a result of chance; rather, it is a result of God’s own design and purpose for our lives (Acts 17:24-28).

  • Recognizing God’s authority over our life aids us in understanding and carrying out our task of spreading the gospel across the world.
  • He orchestrates the events in our lives with a specific purpose in mind, bringing us into touch with those occurrences at just the right moment and under precisely the right circumstances so that we might serve as His messengers and ambassadors for the gospel.
  • God is sovereignly at work to provide chances for us to communicate the truth in a variety of settings.
  • Photograph courtesy of Unsplash/Alicia Quan

2. Pray Often, According to the Will of God

How much more do we need to pray if the Son of God himself needs to pray? “Jesus Himself would frequently withdraw to the desert to pray” (Luke 4:18). (Luke 5:16). He prayed in public and in private at the same time. His prayers had such an impression on the disciples that they begged Him to “teach us to pray” afterward (Luke 11:1). In respect to the mission of proclaiming the gospel, Jesus offered particular instructions on how to pray for the mission. His heart was filled with compassion for the people He encountered as He traveled through the many cities and villages on His journey.

  • He used the metaphor of a harvest to explain to His disciples that the harvest was bountiful and ready (John 4:35), but that there were not enough laborers to complete the task.
  • The Bible guarantees that if we ask anything according to God’s will, He will hear us and respond in a positive manner.
  • Paul also asked for prayers on his behalf, so that he would open his mouth boldly for the gospel (Colossians 4:4).
  • This reminds us of what happened after Jesus had gone to the right hand of the Father, when the disciples got together and dedicated themselves to prayer.
  • As the Christians gathered to pray a few days later, after Peter and John had been ordered to cease speaking about Jesus but had refused to follow men rather than God, a similar occurrence occurred.

Praising God for the work of laborers and for the lost, as well as for courage and opportunity. We carry on Jesus’ ministry by praying constantly, frequently, and in accordance with the desire of the Father. Featured image courtesy of Getty Images/fizkes

3. Obey the Holy Spirit in Serving and Loving Our Neighbors

Jesus’ mission was one of charity and compassion. “Christ died for us while we were still sinners,” the Bible says (Romans 5:8). Jesus delivered a tale that wonderfully explained His mission of kindness and provided us with practical tools to carry out the same purpose for ourselves and others. In the book of Luke, a lawyer approaches Jesus and asks what he may do to obtain eternal life. In essence, Jesus tells him that he must obey the Law of Moses (something we know is impossible in our fallen nature).

As the lawyer tried to describe what it meant to “love one’s neighbor,” Jesus shared the parable of the Good Samaritan with the group.

Having come to understand and appreciate God’s love for us, and having returned that love to Him, we may carry on Jesus’ mission of compassion by loving and serving our neighbors – the people God places in our path.

Timothy, a young pastor, was instructed by the apostle Paul to teach his people to “engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs” (Titus 3:14) and to do so because Christ Jesus “gave Himself for us in order to redeem us from every lawless deed and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 3:14).

  1. Those who follow Jesus are advised to let their light “to shine before mankind in such a manner that they may see your good works, and praise your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
  2. In the same way, we carry on Jesus’ mission of compassion for the lost by extending mercy to people who are in desperate need of redemption.
  3. It was by His dying on the cross that He emptied Himself of all His splendor, became human in appearance, and humbled Himself to the point of death (Philippians 2:5-8).
  4. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/Greenleaf123.

4. Tell What Jesus Has Done for Us

Jesus was never ashamed of who He was or what He had accomplished. As a matter of fact, it was His honesty that ultimately led to His crucifixion. The Jewish people, their priests and scribes, as well as the ruling council of Pharisees and Sadducees, were all well aware of the prophecies in the holy scriptures about the arrival of the Messiah. There was no doubt in their minds that the Messiah would come and restore God’s kingdom. However, when Jesus said unequivocally that He was the Son of God, they turned their backs on Him.

  1. Continuing Jesus’ mission requires us to be completely honest with ourselves and with others about who we are and what He has done for us.
  2. He had direct experience with the animosity of an unbelieving world, but he also understood the need of informing the world of the truth.
  3. In the words of Paul, we are striving to satisfy God rather than mankind (Galatians 1:10), and this requires bravery.
  4. He was sent by God (John 8:42), and He will return to the Father after His mission was completed (Matthew 10:28).
  5. His mission was to show the glory of God in human flesh (John 1:14), as well as to bring about redemption via His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 8:32–33).

His goal continues to be carried forth via our own tales of conversion and spiritual growth. We, like Jesus, display the glory of God in both our tales and our actions of obedience, and we do so in the same way.

5. Invite Others to Believe

According to Jesus, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; he who believes in Me will never die.” “Do you believe what I’m saying?” (See also John 11:25-26.) When Martha was standing in front of the tomb of her brother Lazarus, these words were uttered to her. There was no question in Mary and Martha’s minds that Jesus possessed the authority to avert Lazarus’ death. They’d witnessed Him cure the sick, cast out devils, and change water into wine, among other things.

Jesus challenged their skepticism with a straightforward question: “Do you believe this?” As we continue His goal of reaching the unreached, we must be willing to pose the question, “Do you believe this?” as we go on.

There are several acts of kindness that we may undertake.

We can even tell what Jesus has done for us because of his actions.

Despite the fact that we are not accountable for the mission’s outcome, it is our responsibility to work diligently in the fields.

Credit for the image goes to Getty Images/Lyndon Stratford.

She and her husband are the founders of Around The Corner Ministries, which seeks to empower Christ-followers to proclaim the gospel in their communities where they live, work, and play, among other things.

Grace Glory: 50 Days in the Purpose Plan of God, as well as her most recent book, Open The Gift, as well asGoing Around The Corner, a Bible study for small groups who want to reach their communities for Christ, are all available.

A passionate student of God’s Word, Sheila writes on her blog, “The Way of the Word,” about the lessons she is learning from the Lord.

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