“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:21)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 1:21
Are you familiar with mission statements? These statements describe someone’s or something’s reason for existence and are implemented so that time, resources, and energy are focused in the direction of a single purpose. Did you know Jesus had a mission statement?
God’s people had been waiting for hundreds of years for the Messiah to come. In this period of waiting, there were countless perspectives about who this Messiah would be and what he would do. The prophets foretold several truths about his arrival and ministry on the earth, but no one could fully predict what the Messiah’s life and ministry would be like. Even today, many can be confused and even misled about who Jesus is and why he came.
The angel appeared to Joseph and succinctly stated Jesus’ mission on the earth: to “save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Jesus reinforced this in his own words when he declared, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). While these statements have many implications, one of the most important is that Jesus came not just to forgive our sins, but to save us from them. He did not only come to offer forgiveness but to save us from our sinful condition and empower us to live differently. How can you participate in Jesus’ mission in you and through you today?
Make space for Jesus’ mission of seeking and saving the lost.
Joel Gorveatte loves Jesus, his wife, and the church deeply. He serves as the Worship & Next Steps pastor at Journey Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.