Saturday, August 13, 2011
In His Heavenly Mission
(Taken from Andrew Murray's book Like Christ)
THE Lord Jesus lived here on earth under a deep consciousness of having a mission from His Father to fulfil. He continually used the expression, 'The Father hath sent me.'1 He knew what this mission was. He knew the Father had chosen Him, and sent Him into the world with the one purpose of fulfilling that mission, and He knew the Father would give him all that He needed for it. Faith in the Father having sent Him was the motive and power for all that He did. In earthly things it is a great help if an ambassador knows clearly what his mission is; that he has nothing to do but to care for its accomplishment; and that he has given himself undividedly to do this one thing. For the Christian it is of no less consequence that he should know that he has a mission, what its nature is, and how he is to accomplish it.
(*1 It will repay the trouble to compare carefully the following passages: John v. 24, 30, 37, 38, vi. 38, 39, 40, 44, vii. 16, 28, 29, 33, viii. 16, 18, 26, 29, 42, ix. 4, xi. 42, xii. 44, 45, 49, xiii. 20, xiv. 24, xv. 21, xvi. 25, xvii. 8, 18, 21, 23, 25, xx. 21.) Christ wanted men to know that He did not act independently, but on behalf of Another who had sent Him. The consciousness of a mission never left Him for a moment.
Our heavenly mission is one of the most glorious parts of our conformity to our Lord. He says it plainly in one of the most solemn moments of His life; 'that Even as the Father sent Him,' so He sends His disciples. He says it to the Father in His high - priestly prayer, as the ground upon which He asks for their keeping and sanctification. He says it to the disciples after His resurrection, as the ground on which they are to receive the Holy Spirit. Nothing will help us more to know and fulfil our mission than to realize how perfectly it corresponds to the mission of Christ, how they are, in fact, identical.
Our mission is like His in its object. Why did the Father send His Son? To make known His love and His will in the salvation of sinners. He was to do this, not alone by word and precept, but in His own person, disposition, and conduct to exhibit the Father's holy love. He was so to represent the unseen Father in heaven, that men on earth might know what like the Father was.
After the Lord had fulfilled His mission He ascended into heaven, and became to the world like the Father, the Unseen One. And now He has made over His mission to His disciples, after having shown them how to fulfil it. They must so represent Him, the Invisible One, that from seeing them men can judge what He is. Every Christian must so be the image of Jesus—must so exhibit in his person and conduct the same love to sinners, and desire for their salvation, as animated Christ, that from them the world may know what Christ is like. Oh, my soul! take time to realize these heavenly thoughts: Our mission is like Christ's in its object, the showing forth of the holy love of heaven in earthly form.