Jesus Completed His Mission
Jesus Courageously Completed His Assigned Mission
- defining event of the year, the decade, the century and the millenium
-defining event of all of human history
-50 day spiritual adventure,
-This morning, we will look further at Jesus
-a swallow build a nest on your house?
-1890, French engineer Clément Ader built a steam-powered airplane
-Orville Wright Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, - 37 m.
-100 years later we take for granted and is safe, comfortable and fast.
-admire persistence especially when it follows failure or continues in spite of difficulties. -How much more ought we to admire Jesus
I. The Mission Of Jesus
- Jesus’ life and death were the result of a series of accidents,
A. Sense of God’s sending
- if you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it
-clear sense of mission.
-John 4:34, “My food…is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
-gospel of John this idea appears in at least 14 verses.
B. The Task He Was Sent To Accomplish
-The mission Jesus came to accomplish was to remove our guilt and set us free. I -Timothy 1:15 where we read, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
-addiction to prescription drugs.
-The mission Jesus came to accomplish was to remove the power of sin
-uncle, - Grozny. - 100 km - bombs
-even in the most peaceful place on earth
-The mission Jesus came to accomplish was to bring peace
- people who work all week so that they can earn enough money to have a drinking party
-a life that is so devoid of meaning.
-The mission of Jesus - John 10:10 says, “abundant life.”
-Jesus came to take away the sting of death and give us eternal life.
-mission to bring forgiveness, freedom, peace and abundant and eternal life to people who are lost in hopelessness. Jesus came to bring what we need most.
C. Sense of the cross.
- no easy road.
-Jesus could not just dip into a fat bank account and write a check
-Greek word for “necessary” is the small, three letter word, “dei.”
-necessary for him to go to the cross
-movement towards the cross.
-Luke 9:22 - disciples, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
-in his conflict - Luke 13:32,33, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”
-victory would not come before the cross. – Luke 17:24,25- “For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.”
-as the final day approached - Luke 22:37, “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”
-moved steadily towards that goal.
II. The Difficulty Of Accomplishing His Mission
-As a man, I have no idea about the discomfort of pregnancy or the pain of childbirth, but having listened … it is no easy thing.
- because Jesus was God
- because he knew what the outcome would be … it was easy
-Scripture reveals how difficult it was and we need to listen
-On at least three occasions, he was tempted to avoid the road to the cross.
- Matthew 4, Satan offered him all the kingdoms of the world
-Matthew 16:21-23, - Peter - “Never, Lord!” he said. ‘‘This shall never happen to you!” Jesus said to Peter, “get behind me Satan.”
-garden of Gethsemene - Matthew 26:36-46.- “Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.”
-How much easier to find another way out.
No exposure and shame, no death, no bearing the weight of every sin ever committed
III. He Completed His Task
He knew what he was to do, the temptations were strong. What happened?
A. The Plot Thickens
-In the last week of his life, things came to a head.
-Jesus was among a large group of pilgrims who had come from far and near.
-They sang songs - “Hallel Psalms.” - Mark 11:9, 10 from Psalm 118:25, 26.
-final stage of the pilgrimage into Jerusalem usually completed on foot.
-Jesus, however, came on a donkey
-Zechariah 9:9, “Behold your king comes to you, gentle, riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
-three essential elements of a messianic proclamation.
-entry into Jerusalem, // upon a foal // jubilation of the people.
-“hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”
-Malachi 3:1 - “Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.”
-As Jesus entered the city proclaiming that He was the king
-opportunity to accept Him and crown Him king
-this did not happen.
-Have you ever wondered why as the people arrived, the crowd
-why when they came to Jerusalem, no one cried for Jesus to be crowned king?
- Jesus simply looked around and left.
- fig tree.
-picture of Israel (Jeremiah 8:13; 29:17; Hosea 9:10, 16; Joel 1:7; Micah 7:1-6).
-people of Israel had failed to be the people of God, had failed to be ready for the coming of God’s anointed and had failed to recognize Jesus.
-It was a parable of his rejection.
-drove out the money changers.
-court of the Gentiles.
-had blocked God in the very temple that was to be a place to meet God.
-rejection of God and of his sent one.
-Mark 11:18a says, “The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him…”
-In John 1:11 we read, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” The time had come. He must now go to the cross.
B. He Did It!
- maintained a steadfast direction.
-To Satan - Matthew 4:10, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
-To Peter - Matthew 16:23, ‘‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”
-To the crowd - John 12:32, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
-In the garden - Matthew 26:39, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
-At the point of his arrest - Matthew 26:45,46 he affirmed, “Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
-most poignant moment of the crucifixion - John 19:30 Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” -When he died, he knew that he had accomplished all that God had called him to do.
-marvel at the way in which Jesus accomplished his task
-responding in three ways.
- worship. - Revelation 5:12,13, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” … “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
-peace. - Philippians 1:6 we have this assurance, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
- challenged - Matthew 10:38,39, “…anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
-spoke with last week was very discouraged
-remember that Jesus had a much more difficult path to follow.
-final words of Puritan pastor Richard Baxter on his death bed were, "Lord, what thou wilt, where thou wilt, when thou wilt."
-As you reflect on these things, don’t you just love Jesus?