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Jesus' Mission and Yours (6 of 7)
Series: Forty Days of Purpose
Introduction: An old legend speculates about what might have happened when Jesus ascended to heaven after his crucifixion and resurrection. The angel Gabriel approached Him and said, "Master, you must have suffered terribly for humanity down there." "I did," He said. "And," continued Gabriel, "Do they know all about how you loved them and what you did for them?" "Some do. Most don't, at least not yet," Jesus answered, "Right now only a handful of people know what I did and why."
Gabriel was perplexed. "What have you done to let everyone know about your love for them?" Jesus explained, "I've asked my followers to tell others about me. Those who are told will in turn tell others. My story will be spread to one person after another. Ultimately, all of humankind will hear about my life and what I have done."
Gabriel looked skeptical. "Yes," he countered, "but what if Peter and James and John grow weary? What if the people who come after them forget? What if way down through the centuries people just don't tell others about you? What happens then? Have you made any other plans?" "No," Jesus answered, "I have no other plans. I'm counting on them."
Jesus' plan hasn't changed. He said his mission was "to seek and to save that which was lost." He said he came to "lay down his life as ransom for men's sins." Jesus said he was "the way, the truth, and the life." He declared in no uncertain terms that he was the only way to heaven. That was his message and his mission.
Jesus said his mission is our mission. "As the father sent me, so send I you," he told his followers. "Go make disciples of all nations," were his parting words. The Bible insists that his plan is simple. Faithful people are to teach others about Jesus. These people then teach other faithful people who will in turn tell others. The message spreads one person, one family, one ch ...
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