Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Jesus on a Mission

From the very first breath taken by Jesus at His birth, He was on a mission given to Him by God, the Father. Jesus' mission from Day One was firm and unchangeable. He had a purpose for his life and with every step he took, with every word he spoke, he determined steadfastly to fulfill his mission given to him by the Father. He knew his ultimate destination, and he resolutely carried out his mission flawlessly and perfectly.

Even before he was born and he was in his mother's womb, Jesus' mission was given to Mary, his mother, by an angel of the Lord: "She (Mary) will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins."

John the Baptist announced Jesus' mission at his baptism: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world."

Jesus himself knew the purpose for which He came:

"I did not come to judge the world, but to save it...for I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

When he knew the time was upon him when his purpose would ultimately be fulfilled, he prayed fervently in the Garden of Gethesmane: "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Thy will be done." He knew the suffering that was ahead of him, and yet he conceded his will to the Father's will so that the mission for which he came would be carried out.

Finally, the hour arrived when what he came to do would be accomplished. Every lesson he taught, every miracle he performed, every word spoken brought him to this point where he would submit himself fully and completely to God's purpose. His blood was shed on the cruel cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for your sin and mine. With his last breath, he proclaimed to the world "It is finished." He knew he accomplished the mission for which He was sent to the earth by His Father in heaven.

The Father's approval and acceptance of the mission of Christ was loudly proclaimed when Jesus arose from the dead and left the tomb empty! He again walked on the earth alive in his resurrected body. He was then transcended into heaven to accomplish the last of his mission---to prepare a place in eternity for all who would accept his precious gift of salvation. He shed his blood for you and me so that we could enter the Holy of Holies and spend eternity with God. Have you accepted Jesus' sacrifice for you?

Let this Easter be a reminder of what Christ accomplished for us!


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