Yesterday we looked at the purpose of being called to be a disciple of Jesus and how that impacts our being sent out on God’s mission for the world (Mark 3:14). Today I want to take a deeper look at the sending process of Jesus into His mission and how it models for us how we can be effective in our mission. The comparison with what we generally see today is astonishing.
The preeminent model for anyone being sent out on mission is Jesus. He first came to John the Baptist who was baptizing those who would repent at the Jordon. Immediately as Jesus identified with repenting people in baptism, “He came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” (Mark 1:10; see also Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22). It is as if God the Father and the Holy Spirit were waiting for this moment with divine expectancy because they knew what Jesus would accomplish through this divine partnership and union.
Even after the most severe test of His character, Jesus returned after forty days of fasting and Satan’s cunning ploy to seduce Him, “in the power of the Spirit to Galilee” (Luke 4:14). Jesus when through these forty days in continual communion with the Father and the Spirit. The Word of God was always fresh on His mind and He was ready to use it by the Spirit in spiritual combat.
His ministry could not have been effective if this were not true! Jesus affirms the prophetic proclamation about Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor…” (Luke 4:18).
Think for a moment about the effectiveness of your ministry. How does it measure up to the way Jesus was sent out in the power of the Spirit into His ministry? Do not dismiss this point by saying that Jesus was different! Remember John 20:21. The Father’s sending of Jesus into His mission is no different than Jesus sending us into our mission. Tomorrow we will look further at Jesus sending out the disciples into their mission. For now, weigh this question carefully.
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