Christmas should remind us of the mission of God. Beyond the awesome break from school and the long-awaited Christmas presents, we are reminded of Jesus’ presence on earth—how He came from Heaven in the form of a man to save mankind. It’s what we call the incarnation.
Every Christmas we celebrate Christ’s coming, and we know that He came for one ultimate purpose: to die on the cross for sin and to conquer death by rising three days later. But spread throughout the gospels, Jesus also mentions several additional reasons why He came. And one of them is that Jesus was sent so He could send us.
The Savior was Sent
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The most famous verse in the Bible tells us that Jesus was sent by God. Like someone with marching orders, Jesus knew exactly what He was to do. Early in His ministry, Jesus stood in the synagogue and read Isaiah 61:1-2, identifying Himself as the “anointed One” (the Messiah). Jesus knew He was sent to save. The Messiah’s mission is clear:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).
Jesus even tells us His exact purpose for coming: “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God,” Jesus said, “for I was sent for this purpose.” Having lived in perfect obedience to God’s will, at the end of His life, Jesus said to the Father, “I have glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave Me to do” (John 17:4).
The Messiah was on a mission. The Savior was sent. And the Savior did everything He was sent to do.
The Savior Sends Us
“As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18).
Just as Christ was sent into the world by the Father, He has sent us into the world for a specific purpose. He not only sends us, but He gives us a clear mission:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Father sent Christ, and Christ has sent us. Jesus told Hid disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21), and this applies to us as well. Jesus was sent as the Savior, and we are sent as messengers of the Savior!
When Jesus came into this world He provided us with an example of what it means to be “sent” and what it looks like to accomplish a specific task. Like Jesus, we can be successful in accomplishing the task that God has given us. Right after He gives us our marching orders in The Great Commission, He says, “I am with you always.” Just as Jesus received strength from the Father to accomplish His mission, the Lord promises to be with us as we share the gospel!
Sharing the Christ of Christmas
During this Christmas season, consider how the Father sent the Son, and how the Son has sent us. Just as Jesus was incarnational by coming to the earth, we are to be incarnational as we go into all the earth and share the gospel! And Christmas provides us with a great opportunity to communicate the message of the gospel with friends and family.
As you buy presents, bake cookies, dress-up in ugly sweaters, sit around looking for something to do on winter break, and gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas, remember that you have been sent to share the real message of Christmas: that Christ came to save sinners Oiseaux-videur Angry Bannière!
Jesus was sent to live among men; He lived a perfect life and died for the sin of mankind. And He sends us to live among mankind to share about His perfect life, atoning death, and triumphant resurrection. Let’s live in such a way that our lives show we have been sent into the world by Jesus!