Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Jesus' Purpose

In contemplating the purpose of Jesus, I wonder if there is a more clear statement pertaining to his purpose than what Jesus himself says in Luke 19:10: "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
The context of this statement was in Jericho after Jesus sought out Zaccheus in a crowd of people, declaring salvation for Zaccheus and his household. In doing so, he declared that this which the crowd had just witnessed was the purpose for which he had come to earth.
Increasingly, there is dialogue taking place about the church needing to become more missional. Could it be that the Holy Spirit is calling the church back to the mission of Jesus, to seek and to save that which was lost? Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would bring to remembrance all that he said (John 14:26). Over the intervening centuries, it seems like the church has forgotten what Jesus said, becoming more enamored with building its own empire rather than following Jesus in his mission. It appears, however, that He is waking his church up, reminding it of His mission.

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