Jesus knew that He was sent to earth by God for a specific purpose. He knew that He was sent to earth by the Father to live for His glory and to fulfill His mission. It was this clarity of purpose that kept Jesus on track – that required Him to live with intentionality.
- First, Jesus was sent to seek and save the lost. We read in Romans 4:25, “God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.” Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for our sin (Matthew 20:28). He came to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15) and to call them to repentance (Mark 2:17). His mission was very clear – Jesus came to redeem us from our sin so that our relationship with God could be restored.
- Second, Jesus was sent to show us the Father. In John 14:9 Jesus said to Phillip, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” He was the perfect image of the invisible God (Col. 1:15). The more we reflect upon Jesus, the more we see the attributes of the Father. And, the better we know Him, the more we will love Him. The more we love Him, the more we will obey Him (JN 14:21).
- Third, Jesus was sent to show us how to live. In Matthew 11:29 Jesus invites His followers, “Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” On the night that He was betrayed, during their celebration of the Passover meal, Jesus girded Himself with a towel and washed the disciples feet. Then, in John 13:14-15 Jesus said, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you.” Jesus wasn’t calling us to host foot washing services. He was calling us to be servants.
- Fourth, Jesus was sent by the Father to give us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. In Matthew 4:23 we read, “Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” This verse clearly shows that Jesus used declaration plus demonstration to give us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. Jesus declared that the rule of God was coming and then, He showed us what life is like when the effects of sin have been removed and God reigns fully from His throne.
- Fifth, Jesus was sent to enlist, equip and send eleven men to carry out His mission after His resurrection. These eleven men would do even greater works than those done by Christ (JN 14:12). They would turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6) as they walked like Jesus and sought to fulfill His mission. .” Jesus launched a movement that changed the world through these eleven ordinary men.
Jesus lived with intentionality. He did not let the desires of His flesh or the pleasures of the world distract Him from His mission. Jesus was sent to live for the Father’s glory, to seek and save the lost, to show us the Father, to show us how to live, to give us a glimpse of the Kingdom, and to raise up leaders who would fulfill His earthly mission. That’s intentionality. He knew what His business was and what was none of His business.
Jesus’ Mission is Our Mission. Make no mistake about it, every follower of Jesus Christ is sent by God to fulfill the same objectives. At the end of John’s Gospel Jesus commissions all of His followers, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Therefore, we are to live for the Father’s glory and seek to fulfill Jesus’ earthly mission. We’re to walk with intentionality.
Being sent is to do the kinds of things Jesus did, with the kinds of people He did them with. That means hanging out with those in need, with those messed up by sin, and with the hurting. Jesus didn’t come for the healthy, but to call sinners to repentance (LK 5:32). Being sent means getting out of your comfort zone to share life with the spiritually needy. We are to make every effort to bring hope and healing in Jesus name to those in need. We are to see that the tangible goodness of God flows into every nook and cranny of our communities – especially in those places where darkness seems to prevail.