Purpose: Sent to Remove Sins

Purpose: Sent to Remove Sins

Purpose: Sent to Remove Sins
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
– John 1:29
Sin is often described as missing the mark or falling short of divine standard in attitude, ways, thinking, speech, or conducts. It is also a direct offshoot of disobedience. In fact, every form of disobedience – no matter how minor – is a sin.
For this purpose Jesus also came – to take away the sins of the world. There is no greater hindrance factor than sin; sin inhibits access, stalls progress, blocks paths, deflates enthusiasm, truncates hope, prevents breakthrough, provokes ill will, limits capacity, aborts dreams, suppresses potentials, renders efforts fruitless, restrains the hand of God, puts up a wall of resistance, and does many more harm to the sinner.
The experience of sin might seem pleasurable or convenient at the time of indulgence, but the consequences of it are never palatable, and there are always consequences. No man or woman living in sin can hope to manifest his/her full potential on earth or gain access to heaven. Sin does more harm than good to the person, with its effect wrecking havocs on earth and thickening one’s heaven.
But Jesus came to earth to take away the sins of the world. He came to offer Himself as the symbolic sacrificial lamb for the propitiation for sin. He came to assume the weights of our sins so that we can bear them no more. He came to de-risk us by taking upon Himself the liabilities of sin that would have held us back. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
This is one of the few purposes that Jesus does not share with anyone. There can only be one Jesus; there can only be one Lamb of God, and the propitiation for sin has been done once-for-all. God requires no other thing from us than to accept Jesus and all He came to do for humanity and to affirm such in our daily living. That is the only way to key into His fullness and enjoy all the benefits attached.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Purpose: Sent to Declare God

Purpose: Sent to Declare God

Purpose: Sent to Declare God

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
– John 1:17
Jesus also came to earth to declare God to us. He came to announce God and shed more light on His personality, His likes and dislikes, His preferences and bias. Before the advent of Christ, a deep knowledge of God wasn’t so widespread and a personal relationship with Him was not universal. Much of the knowing about God then were confined to the weekly sharing in the synagogues of the Jews, and quite a lot of the reasoning about God in other climes were based on speculation.
But upon the arrival of Jesus, He did not just talk at length about the nature of God; He also demonstrated the power of God. He came to remove all the veneers of mystery about God by teaching about Him day and night, offering His listeners unusual insights into the thinking pattern of God, His mode of operations as well as His abilities.
In an era characterised with warfare, conquests and servitude, He came to preach a divine agenda of peace and submission; in a time marked with much oppression and suffering, He came to announce liberty and relief. The picture didn’t look good for many people when He came, neither was the prospect so bright, but He restored hope to many and offered many more an opportunity to live a significant life. Many of those who were vilified and scorned were assured of divine acceptance; numerous people who had given up hope of ever being cured of their diseases were healed and restored to normal living.
Jesus did all these and more while declaring God to the people. Before He bowed out, He empowered many people to carry on the good work, with the signs and wonders of the calling in their wake. Perhaps, you are one of those called to continue in this mandate. There is no way you will proclaim God and you will remain insignificant, so go ahead and fulfil your calling.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Purpose: Sent to Seek and Save the Lost

Purpose: Sent to Seek and Save the Lost

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 19:10

Here is another purpose of Jesus Christ – He came on a mission to find people who are lost and to save them. His mission to the lost is not a passive, but a proactive and continuous one. He came to actively seek them out and to offer them the free gift of salvation leading to eternal life.

This is a two-pronged calling, on the one hand, He came to seek; on the other hand, He came to save those He found.

The lost are those who do not know God or have a going relationship with Him. By default, these people are candidates for eternal damnation if they perchance die in their ungodly state. It is so that this does not happen that Jesus came to seek them wherever they were and reconcile them to their Maker so that they can become children of God indeed. And, having done His bit in the space of three years that He executed His landmark ministry on earth, He commissioned His disciples to continue the work and not just stop where He stopped, but go to all parts of the world to seek the lost and share the good news of His coming, His death and His resurrection with them so that they too can believe on Him and be saved.

The mission to seek and save the lost is a Christian calling. It is not for the clergies or a particular set of individuals alone. It is part of the default assignments that come with becoming born again and disciples of Jesus Christ. Every follower of Christ is called to be a fisher of men; a disciple of Jesus is mandated to make other disciples. Fulfilling other purposes does not excuse the non-fulfilment of this calling. It is our great commission.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Divide

Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
Luke 12:51

This is one of the less talked about missions of Jesus Christ, and it would have been subject of much dispute if the Bible hadn’t credited the above statement to Him. But He was indeed quoted to have said it; and, while explaining further, He affirmed: “For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:52-53). That means, indeed, Jesus also came to cause division.

His coming meant that many would subscribe to Him and many would pitch their tent against Him. There is no sitting on the fence where Jesus is concerned; you are either for Him or against Him. Now if those in the first and second category were members of the same household, that means there would be ideological differences between/among them. And, depending on the way they handle it, the differences could remain only a difference, or it could degenerate into a big rift that would tear them apart.

What this also means is that a relationship with Jesus would supersede filial or fraternal bond, if the practices of the relatives concerned are not in concert with His tenets (Matthew 10:37). Perhaps, that was why Jesus himself declared that only those ‘who hear the word of God and do it’ are His family members (Luke 8:20-21).

The Person and the gospel of Jesus Christ have been sources of contention for as long as they have been. And the fact that certain individuals have this calling is an indication that the contention and the divisions emanating therefrom may never end until the end of time. Notable among the persons who exhibited this divisive calling was Apostle Paul. His message was always received with the same fervour with which he delivered it, and his audience were either fired up with enthusiasm or boiling with rage after his address. Interestingly, his epistles still achieve the same effect today. He was some man.

If perhaps, this describes you; and your messages or utterances are always sparking up so much tension, the best thing you can do for yourself is to ensure at all times that your messages, utterances or actions are Christ-based. That will make the sentiment you attract worth it.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to Save Lives

Purpose: Sent to Save Lives

For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.
Luke 9:56

Jesus proclaimed one of his missions on earth in the passage above: He came to save lives. He did not come to destroy, endanger or whittle down the lives of people; He came to save them. He is a life-saver, not a life-destroyer. Many people are likewise called to this mandate.

Human life is the most precious thing on earth, next to life in order of importance is health. To the people who carry this mandate, preserving the sanctity of life gives the ultimate satisfaction, and they would stop at nothing to prevent an endangered life from dying or rescue a death-bound life from letting out the last breath.

These people could be in the medical or related fields – that is those who subscribed to a career there out of genuine interest in preserving life, not for the social status associated with the profession. They are also found in other disciplines that afford them the facility to directly impact on life.

If you are one of these people, yours is a noble calling. It is a well-resounded fact that humans are the greatest asset around, but that is a living and healthy human resource. Once life and health are endangered, the human cannot be at his/her best. Therefore, anyone who is actively engaged in helping humans to live and sustain an existence is partnering with God and Jesus.

Another angle to this calling is helping people to avoid the second death and, ultimately, the lake of fire at the end of times. There are people with an unusual burden for souls such that they cannot afford not to preach the gospel of Christ.

Jesus successfully fulfilled the two callings: He prevented many ailing people from dying by healing their diseases; He also raised many dead people back to life; and to cap it all, He ministered the word of life to innumerable people to save their souls from destruction. What an amazing man!

He has set the example for us. The onus now rests on us to get on our calling and make a similar success of it, knowing that we have His full backing.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Purpose: Sent to the Captives

Purpose: Sent to the Captives

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…He has sent Me…to proclaim liberty to the captives
Luke 4:18

Among other noble missions, Jesus also came because of the captives; He came to set them free; He came to proclaim an end to their captivity and declare their new lease of life as free people. Some of us are similarly called.

People found themselves in captivity for various reasons, some out of ignorance, some due to circumstances beyond their control, some became lawful captives because of their sins, and some are held captive through the forceful will of others. Whichever it is, captivity is not a desirable state; being a captive limit one’s options and restricts one’s liberty, as the captive is always at the mercy of the captor.

Meanwhile, God did not create any of us to be captive to people or circumstances. He desires us to operate in our full stature, with no hold or bar. We are most useful to Him and fellow humans in our free state. But, seeing that humans by their own doing or external factors sometimes became captive and restricted, He had to send Jesus to wreak a once-for-all freedom for man among other works of deliverance. Jesus came to effect liberty from taskmasters, from oppressive systems, and from inimical phenomena such as poverty, societal pressures and forms of restraint.

Are you greatly disturbed seeing people confined to the barest by others or circumstances such that they are underperforming or living below their potential? To some, this may not be a big deal; but, if the mere thought of it bothers you and the actual exposure to it throws you into a fit, then you might have been called to collaborate with Jesus in tackling the problem headlong.

If injustice or oppression of any kind nauseates you, you do not necessarily need a platform to fulfil your calling. You only need to start from where you are and God will back you.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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