Mission - “Follow Me,” The Sent One

Throughout the Gospels & Epistles it becomes clear that believers are called to "go and make disciples", following the leader's examples as a sent one, who sends. As the Father sent Jesus, so Jesus sent us. That means that if we can discover how the Father sent Jesus, then we will see how we have now been sent. We can become disciples who make disciples in the process. So, just how was Jesus sent?

The Father Sent Jesus....

With the Holy Spirit:

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will." (Luke 10:21 ESV)

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:22)

For the Purpose of Reconciliation:

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29 ESV)

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld." (John 20:23 ESV)

Incarnationally:

Jesus came in "the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:7 ESV)

God sent Jesus "in the likeness of sinful flesh." (Romans 8:3 ESV)

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ESV)

In Humility:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7 ESV)

With The Father's Love and Validation:

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9 ESV)

I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:26 ESV)

In Perfect Unity With Himself (The Father):

I and the Father are one. (John 10:30 ESV)

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:20-21 ESV)

With a Purpose, With A "Commission":

For the son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10 ESV)

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 the, to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV)

To Glorify The Father:

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. (John 17:4 ESV)

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

To Guard The Flock of God:

While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has not been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. (John 17:12 ESV)

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (Acts 20:28 ESV)

To Bring the Father's Words:

I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14 ESV)

For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. (John 3:34 ESV)

...but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV)

For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:17 ESV)

With the Witness and Vindication from the Father:

And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. (John 5:37a) ESV

So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3 ESV)

...while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Hebrews 2:4 ESV)

With Authority:

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." (Matthew 28:18 ESV)

And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. (Mark 6:7 ESV)

As a light:

I have come into the world as a light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. (John 12:46 ESV)

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)