Have you ever considered … Why did Jesus COME?
While there are many reasons, let me state three:
- “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) Jesus came to fulfill the law.
- For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38) Jesus came to do the will of God.
- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45) Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for many. Thank you Jesus!
Now, think about it a little differently … Why was Jesus SENT?
Luke 4 reveals a couple of important reasons.
- “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)
- “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God in the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” (Luke 4:43)
Jesus CAME to fulfill the righteous requirements of the law, to perfectly do the Will of God, and ultimately to give his life as a ransom for all who put their faith in Him.
And Jesus was SENT to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God. And this good news is for all nations. Luke 4:43 points out that Jesus knew that He “must” preach in other towns also.
We also are SENT. We are sent to reach the lost with the good news of the kingdom of God that can only be found in Jesus.
Jesus is the One who sends us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We should be eternally thankful that Jesus CAME, and remember the great responsibility that we have to be SENT in His Name!