Text: John 20 (Deuteronomy 21-22)
After Jesus’ resurrection, He appears to his disciples. He says to them:
“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
We don’t quote this very often, but it is a powerful statement of the mission of the Church. He calls us to receive peace and to live at peace. We are “sent” just as Jesus was sent. To grasp this, we need to look at how and why Jesus was sent. First, Jesus was sent by the command of the Father. So are we. The Father sent Jesus to live as His representation on earth, to walk in righteousness while proclaiming God’s Word, and to suffer and die that others might be forgiven their sins and live. Jesus came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10), and “to serve and to give His live as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus “did not come to condemn the world but in order that the world might be saved through Him” (John 3:17).
All these assignments of Jesus apply to you and to me. Next time a Christian asks, “What is God’s will for my life?” these are some pretty straightforward answers. Amen!
in Him, Mike