Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
What did Jesus come to accomplish? Many say that Jesus came to die on the cross, after all he did say, “It is finished” while dying on the cross. But a few days before Jesus died on the cross, he revealed what his finished work actually was-the reason why he came. So, what did Jesus say was the work he came to complete? When Jesus prayed to the Father, he prayed for himself, for his disciples and for us today. This is really the Lord’s Prayer. It’s here that Jesus reveals what he came to do.
Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 is where we find the true revolutionary nature of what Jesus came to do and what he expects from us as disciples-his followers. Jesus said that he finished the work the Father sent him to do. He said,“I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” Notice what Jesus says is the finished work he came to do. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.”
“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word.”
Jesus came into this world to invest his life in a few men and now he sends us out to do the same. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me-and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
Jesus invested in a few-the few God brought to him. I believe this is the finished work of Jesus. He invested in the 12 and lost one of these, so he gave himself to eleven men. Now if this strategy was good enough for Jesus, then don’t you think it’s the best strategy for you and me as well?
I spent most of my life preparing and training to invest my life to move the masses toward Jesus. Now I know this was the wrong strategy. Just as Jesus met and gave healing to one person at a time, so we are to do the same. Let me ask you something. What are you doing with the people God has brought to you? Are you investing your life and teachings in these few? Jesus saw this work as the most important work ever. Don’t you think we can take a clue from Jesus and do the same? Jesus is THE WAY….