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This week we are continuing our series titled Understanding Christ’s Passion.

The death of Christ was interpreted only as a great personal tragedy and a political catastrophe by the disciples until the light of God was shed on this event through the doorway of an empty tomb and the presence of a living Lord.

This week we are talking about,

Understanding our Mission.


John 20:21 (ESV)

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

Scripture Reading

John 20:19-23 (ESV)

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 

20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 

21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 

23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


The greatest act of missions in the history of the universe was God’s act of sending His Son into the world to assume our humanity in the form of man.

To live a perfect life as He shared the experience of our race, except for our sins, to win and train those who were to carry on His work, and in the end to die on a cross for our sins, since He had no sins of His own.

In that first post resurrection appearance to His disciples, He conveyed very clearly the mission they were to assume, as He said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

This is our mission also.

  1. How did God intend for this assigned mission to be carried out?
  1. Jesus founded a church.

This fact is recorded in the words He spoke.

We also have a record of His work as “He went about doing good” in Acts 10:38 (ESV) it says,

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

And we have His assurance in Matthew 16:18 (ESV)

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

B. This church is described in the New Testament.

The characteristics of the church are fully described.

Every church should seek to follow the New Testament pattern.

The test in any fellowship of believers is how true its members are to Jesus’ teachings, to the examples set forth in the New Testament.

C. Jesus sent this church, His church, on a mission.

He gave us a task, a commission.

The business of a church is to do the work He assigned.

What is our mission as His church?

2. Our mission is to share Christ with the world.

In the first verse of his gospel, John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John said that our mission was to tell the world that all the human mind can know or understand is revealed in Jesus Christ.

We must learn about God from Him.

  1. Jesus is our only message because He is our substitute.

He bore the penalty of our sins in our place.

As Peter said of Him in 1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

B. Jesus is our only message because He is our only means of reconciliation.

In his second letter, Paul told the Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 5:19 (ESV)

19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Paul was saying, “Do you writhing in agony on the cross? 

It is God experiencing that pain, and He is bearing it for you and for me.

C. Jesus is our only message because He is the only way.

He is the single way of pardon from our sins.

The night before He died, Jesus told His disciples in John 14:6 (ESV)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

3. Our mission is to uncover and denounce sin before the world.

We are to pull the mask off sin and show sin before the world for what it is, an ugly, deadly thing.

Many false ideas about sin have been introduced in our day.

By some it is defined as “maladjustment,” an irrelevant mistake made along the way.

“leave it alone,” the world says, “and it will be forgotten in time.”

But as the experience of thousands has shown, this is not true.

Some say sin is not real at all, but only “the error of the mortal mind.”

Others preach that we do sin but that in the world beyond death we will be given another chance, and in the end none will be lost.

Regardless of what false doctrines may be taught about sin, we have no choice, we have to come to terms with it.

  1. Sin is a destroyer.

Sin destroys hearts and homes.

Sin ruins friendships, churches, bodies, and minds, even our own immortal souls.

Sin shatters relationships, most tragically our relationship to God.

Until we repent and seek forgiveness from God, this most vital of relationships cannot be restored, reconciliation cannot occur.

B. sin is always worse than we thought it would be when we thought about it.

 When Joseph’s brothers stripped him of his coat of many colours and sold him into slavery in Egypt, they got into more trouble than they could ever have imagined.

For one, their fathers grief caused them a lot of worry.

They had not realised beforehand how upset he would be.

The writer of Genesis said in Genesis 37:35 (ESV)

35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted and said, “No, I shall go down to Sheol to my son, mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

Joseph’s brothers also felt the guilt of their own consciences.

As a test to see if his brothers were the same hateful, hardened men, Joseph had Simeon bound before their eyes and held until they returned with their youngest brother, Benjamin.

The brothers said in Genesis 42:21 (ESV)

21 Then they said to one another, “In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.”

That was conscience speaking.

Judas’s sin was worse than he thought it would be.

The stark horror of what he had done rose up to confront him.

He couldn’t handle the guilt, so he killed himself.

Everyone who rejects Christ will one day realise the seriousness of his or her sin.

C. Sin cannot be dealt with by human means.

Sin cannot be escaped.

Our sin will find us out.

Numbers 32:23 (ESV)

23 But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.

And sin cannot be hidden, its consequences will not just go away. 

Paul told the Galatians in Galatians 6:7 (ESV)

7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

Sin, once done, cannot be undone.

It can only be confessed and forgiven.

We are to explain this fact to the world.

D. Sin can be overcome, blotted out, it’s stain removed, only by God’s power.

God hates sin.

It was once preached, God hates sin like we would hate a mad dog on the school playground, as we would hate a poisonous snake in a babies bed, or a vulture picking out a babies eyes.

And only God can forgive sin, blot it out, and remove it as far as the east is from the west.

4. Our mission is to define salvation for the world.

We are to preach that Jesus saves.

Every christian should be doing this by every means available.

This is the good news that Jesus, the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” In Luke 19:10 (ESV)

  1. Salvation is by grace.

Ephesians 2:8 (ESV) says

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

This simply means that salvation is God’s gift, an unmerited favour.

Salvation has nothing to do with what you can do, with works.

Salvation is by grace, and grace alone.

B. Salvation is through faith.

Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Salvation is by grace through faith.

Faith is the channel through which God’s saving grace can operate, the condition that makes His salvation possible.

Even the power to exercise faith unto salvation is the gift of God.

Paul asked the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV)

7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?

C. Salvation is also upon the condition of repentance.

Logically, we can conceive of repentance and faith separately, thus conceived, repentance comes first.

But realistically they occur in a persons life simultaneously.

This must be true, or we might have a sinner who has truly repented but who has not exercised faith in Christ or, on the other hand, a believer who has not repented.

Neither is possible.

D. Salvation is manifested in regeneration, or the new birth.

As Jesus said to Nicodemus,

3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (ESV)

“If anyone is in Christ,” Paul told the Corinthians, “the new creation has come”, the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Some make fun of the doctrine of the new birth saying it is outdated.

But for many people live have been turned around, God changes us if we Ley Him and follow His teaching.

Get out there and “tell the good news from the mountain tops”

This is our mission.

Until next time

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