What is the mission of Christ?


Science Monday is still on vacation (sort of like when Cartalk puts the puzzler to bed for the summer…). I’ll trot it back out when I start Ethics next week…

Yesterday, Isaac Shaw of Delhi Bible Institute preached at my church. He asked a question that got me thinking: What is the mission of Christ?

Answer: to come and die; to come and die for the salvation of the world. Dr. Shaw preached from Mark 8:22-38. If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross…

Why do we forget this? He said because we do not see clearly, just as the blind man Jesus just healed and just as Peter, who knew who Jesus was, failed to see what Jesus’ calling was (v. 32-33). We see and don’t see, know and don’t know the mission of Christ.

How does this show up? We can have right doctrines and fail to love (1 Cor. 13). We can read the Word, but fail to see how it applies to our lives. We can value connecting with our neighbors but forget whose mission we are on. We can see the sin of others and yet fail to gently restore because of our own pride.

Let us remember whose mission we join and that in dying to self there is life everlasting.

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