Jesus - A Man With A Mission

W. Terry Varner
April 6, 2014

Christ was a Man with a mission. He led men to openly renounce sin and live for God. He always had a gripping answer for every occasion and a thrilling reply to every response. Near the end of His second year of public teaching, He had a question for His disciples. “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” (Matt. 16:13). The disciples listed a series of possible men they heard that others considered Jesus to be (Matt. 16:14). Then, Jesus asked His disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). There are no grandeur words in all of the Bible than Peter’s noble and divinely recorded and directed confession of Jesus’ deity.

No picture exists in the New Testament of Christ that is more appropriate to the careful observer than that which displays constructive, purposeful, and meaningful activity. It is not difficult to detect that Jesus was indeed “a Man with a mission.” He appears according to God’s eternal plan for constructive purposes and meaningful aims.

Jesus Came to Fulfill the Law of Moses. For approximately 1,500 years, the world had known the many powerful and unusual ways of the nation of Israel. Israel was the heirs and beneficiaries of God s revelation that began at Mt. Sinai with Moses. With the coming of Jesus, it was now time for the Law of Moses to be fulfilled and removed. Jesus said “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets, I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will be no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17-18).

Sometimes it is asked, if the Law of Moses had to end, why was it given? The answer is: “But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore, the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:22-27).

Jesus Completed the Revelation of God. Israel had been selected to bring about the Man (Jesus) who would redeemed the world. With the coming of Jesus all men could receive freedom from sin and know and enjoy the righteousness of God. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:21-23). All that Christ is, was, and ever will be is summarized in Peter’s confession that “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).

Jesus Came to Establish His Church. Jesus replied to Peter’s confession with the words, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The church is a necessary expression of the divine mission of Jesus. It is wrong to disparage the church; i.e. to speak ill and poorly of it. We cannot have Jesus without having His church. After all, He is the head of the church which is His body (Col. 1:18). There is no way to accurately define the mission of Jesus without His church.

The church was built by Jesus on the Day of Pentecost. Those who “gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them (Acts 2:41). As the apostles continued to preach the gospel and men responded to the gospel, we are told “and the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). In Colossians 1:18, we read, “And He is the head of the body, the church.” In Colossians 1:24, Paul writes, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church. Have you obeyed the Man, Jesus?