What is the mission Jesus gives us?
“Then, raising his eyes in prayer, Jesus said: … I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.” ~JesusSource: John 17:1-5 (The Message)
Jesus was on a mission. Jesus had as his focus only doing what God, His Father, wanted him to do.
God is God and has a plan all laid out for us. Our mission should be to do what Jesus has in mind for us. That is how we glorify God.
Jesus just hung there. Waiting for death to come. Waiting for His mission to be completed.
And where is God?
What is God doing?
God is just letting it happen. Imagine the pain of seeing your Son suffer so. God did it. Jesus did it. The goal was achieved. The mission is completed. It is over.
But God has a plan. Both God and Jesus know that death will accomplish the reconciliation that is needed.
They both know death will be defeated.
They both know that Jesus will be resurrected to reign with God forever.
For the joy that was before him, Jesus suffered the abandonment. Victory would come but first must come the death.
God had a goal in mind. Jesus knew what it was. He would be abandoned and suffer death for us. It must be done. He and he alone could do it.
Jesus never missed God’s goal. Never ever. Jesus would suffer and die for us.
No one to help.
From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” | Matthew 27:46 (The Message Bible)
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