A mission from God

25 Dec

About 2,000 years ago, God the Father sent His Son on a mission. He left His heavenly home, with all of its comforts, family, and glory, for the most backward place in the universe: Earth. Most everyone He met was petty, small-minded, slow to understand, faithless. All were sinful and offensive to His holy character. Many, believing themselves to be experts in morality, were both ignorant and self-righteous. Some were downright hostile. For all these types of people, while they were yet enemies (Rom. 5:8), He sacrificed His own life, that He might save a people for Himself and bring them into fellowship with God.

I am one of those people. And Jesus Christ, having returned to His heavenly home, is still about His mission. Incredibly, He now carries it on through people like you and me:

As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

John 17:18 ESV

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Cor 5:20-21 ESV

As I close our first Christmas Day away from home, I am reminded that Christmas represents the humble beginning of the most outrageous rescue mission in the history of the universe. A mission in which God Himself put literal “skin in the game” to save not His friends, but His enemies, and to call them friends and brothers. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer.

4 Responses to “A mission from God”

  1. Paul Robyn December 26, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Well said, David!

  2. Peter L December 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Too many people get lost in the commercialism– even well meaning Christians — to ponder why the King of the Universe would humble Himself to become one of us in order to save us from ourselves.

  3. michael CHANDLER December 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Amen! Well said, David.

    Love, Dad

  4. Peter Krol December 26, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Praise God for putting his skin in the game! What a mission.

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