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Jesus was a Man with a mission from God. Literally He was born to die. I know we are all marching toward death one day at a time, but in the case of Jesus His life was focused on His death. That may seem morbid, but only if we fail to realize His vital assignment. Jesus Christ was to be the sacrifice for the sins of the elect. His entire life was training for this mission from God.
We need to be careful that we don’t think of God the Father forcing this assignment on God the Son. As we look at in the Eternal Covenant part of the Covenants series, the Son voluntarily agreed to accept this mission from God. He did it because it was the only way of saving creation from destruction. This plan was made and voluntarily agreed to before the Fall, before even the creation of the world.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will...” Eph. 1:4-5, NIV
Part of the plan was that God the Son had to be born as a human baby and experience life as a fully human being. Jesus was; therefore, born as a normal human baby [except for the virgin birth] and had to grow and learn about His mission from God just like everyone else. He had no supernatural memory of Who He had been before His life on earth. Exactly when Jesus learned Who He was and what His mission from God involved we don’t know. He was beginning to get the idea by the time He was twelve.
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:49, NIV
As He studied the Word of God, the Holy Spirit revealed the details of Who He was and what He had to do. By the time He began His ministry at about 30 years of age, He knew. He knew it by faith - the same way we know spiritual things.
“And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem...” Luke 9:51, NIV
When it was time, He had to “set His face” and steel His will. It was no easy thing He had to do. He knew going into it that He would suffer physically, mentally, and spiritually more than any man had or would ever suffer this side of death. It was His mission from God the Father and He was determined to fulfill it. Because Jesus Christ was successful you and I can have an intimate relationship with God.
God has also put us on this planet for a purpose and a mission. Regardless of how long we have been saved or what our circumstances are, God has a purpose for us. Some of you may already know your mission from God, others are still working on discovering it.
Whatever our position, we need to focus on learning and applying the Word of God and prayer. We will discover and/or develop our mission as we spend time with God. Sometimes we become so involved in “activities” or the business of living that we no longer have time to spend studying the Word and praying. We must remember that this life is an investment in our eternal life. Or to put it another way, this life is the seed we plant and after death we see what kind of plant it will blossom into.
For many who do study the Bible it is limited to “end times” or “self-improvement” type of subjects. Now, it is important to have a correct “end times” view - if you’ve read my site at all you have know my opinion on this. Also, the Bible is very practical on how to bring healing and improvement into our lives and this is important, too. However, if we are to reach the fullness of our mission in God we must go deeper. Bible study isn’t just about us. We need to work on understanding the various doctrines. We need to put effort into understanding the whole Word of God. It is a lifetime effort. But as we work on it God will lead and guide us.