14 Aspects of Jesus' Mission… and yours.

sentthemTo become fixated on one aspect of mission, might be healthy in a robust community where each one plays his or her part. But, it is more likely that each individual should be flexible enough in the Spirit to know when, where, and how to operate in conjunction with God’s mission in the moment. Jesus’ prayer and desire was to live sent (on mission), in similar fashion, as He was. We see this in the following two verses.

 

 

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” (John 20:21)

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18)

Living out that sentness, can be, in some manner expressed by how Jesus lived on mission and what he said about it. He came;

To call people to repentance. ~ “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17)

To search for and save the lost. ~ “To seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

To pay a ransom for kidnapped humanity. ~ “To minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

Bear witness to the truth. ~ “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth.” (John 18:37)

To do the Father’s will. ~ “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 6:38)

To be a light. ~ “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 14:26)

To demonstrate and offer abundant life. ~ “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

To Judge things and people rightly. ~ “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” (John 9:39)

To preach the good news. ~ “And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth.” (Mark 1:38)

To fulfill the law. ~ “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17)

To distinguish his people. ~ “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” (Matthew 10:34, 35)

To be the savior of the world. ~ “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

To reveal the Father. ~ “Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (Matthew 11:27)

To bring fire. ~ “I have come to bring fire to the earth” (Luke 12:49) “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire . . . He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:11-12)

We can not exhaustively and completely live out Jesus’ mission because we are but finite agents.  Never the less, He desired for, and prayed that, we would live out that mission in “like manner.” How these 14 aspects will be lived out by you in your community is up to you.  Live in such a way as to be disposed to mission in the moment without fixating on what you prefer.  

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