The Mission of Christ

John 6:35-40

If Jesus’ ministry on earth could be summed up in one concise verse, it might be John 6:38: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” Even at a young age, Jesus was conscious of His mission (Luke 2:49). And later when He began His public ministry, He depended fully on the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1).

The Father’s ultimate purpose for His Son was this: Jesus was to live a perfect life of total obedience and then offer Himself as a sacrifice to atone for sin, resulting in reconciliation of fallen humanity to God. Even when overcome with despair, Jesus did not turn from His calling but prayed, “Yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). He suffered the agony of the cross while bearing God’s wrath for sin. Then He died and after three days was raised to life, having fully accomplished all that His Father gave Him to do.

This is good news for us today because redemption is complete. It’s now the Father’s will “that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life” (John 6:40). Have you trusted in Christ yet?

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