What is Jesus’ mission? How does it affect us? A good summary of Jesus’ mission and how it affects us is found in Ephesians chapter 1. In verses 3-10 we learn three things:
(1) Jesus’ mission was given and prepared before the world was created (3-4; 9-10a)
Everything that has happened in this world is no mystery to God. He knew Adam and Eve would eat the fruit in the garden, that they would rebel against Him. He knew the world would turn out the way it is today.
God was prepared. He had a plan to save His people, so they could experience life with Him. His plan involved Jesus, His Son.
Ephesians 1:3-4 says,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Eph 1:3–4)
And Ephesians 1:9-10a says,
“making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time,” (Eph 1:9–10a)
So Jesus’ mission was God given. It was a plan that He and the Father came up with before this world was even created.
(2) Jesus’ mission was to take our punishment for us (7)
As sinners we are separated from God and we deserve His punishment, but Jesus came to die in our place, to take God’s wrath on Himself.
Ephesians 1:7 says,
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,” (Eph 1:7)
The way we experience redemption is by Jesus shedding His blood. The way Jesus shed His blood was by being nailed to a cross. While He hung on that cross, the Father’s wrath was poured out on Him. The wrath that we deserve was poured out on Jesus as He hung in our place.
So Jesus’ mission was to take our punishment for us.
(3) Jesus’ mission was to unite us to God for all eternity (10b)
We know this because the second half of Ephesians 10 tells us the plan that was revealed in the fullness of time was,
“to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Eph 1:10b)
So Jesus’ mission then is designed to restore all creation back to God. To restore shalom or peace first between us and the Father. Second between us and each other. Third between the Father and creation. Fourth between us and creation.
So Jesus came to unite us to God for all eternity through His shed blood on the cross and this was a mission that started before time even existed.
The Good News
The good news is that all those who would repent of their sin, who would turn from living how they want, admit Jesus is their Savior – that He came to die in their place, and follow Jesus will experience salvation.
So have you done that? Have you turned from your sins to follow Jesus? Have you given your life over to Him? Do you recognize Jesus’ mission was to come and die in your place so that your relationship with the Father could restored?
Or do you deny Jesus’ mission? Do you refuse to repent? Do you refuse to recognize Jesus as the Messiah? The Savior? Do you try to come against Jesus and destroy Him?
Questions for Reflection
- What do you believe?
- What have you done?
- Where are you at?
Post developed from my sermon: Those who Come Against Jesus Don’t Win in the End