Our mission, should we choose to accept it – Luke 1:76-79
In verses 76-79 of Luke 1, Zechariah speaks prophetically about his newborn son, John:
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:76-79)
The Holy Spirit, speaking though Zechariah, declares four things about John’s future ministry:
- He will prepare the way for the Messiah
- He will give knowledge of salvation
- He will give light to those who are in darkness
- He will guide people into the way of peace
What a powerful ministry John was given! But did you know that you and I, the New Testament church, have the same ministry?
1. John prepared the way for the first coming of Jesus Christ. So too, the church is called to prepare the way for the second coming of Jesus Christ. How do we do that?
2. We’re called to give knowledge of salvation to the world. We’re called to share the gospel message with the world around us. Jesus told us…
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
3. We’re called to be a light to those who are in darkness. Our lives should reflect the God we serve, and our presence should illuminate everything around us. Jesus said…
“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.” (Matthew 5:15)
4. We’re called to guide people into the way of peace. Wars and contention rage all around us, but we’re called to be a people of peace. Paul encouraged us…
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” (Colossians 3:15)
Christian, I know it’s easy to become focused on our lives, what we have going on, what we’re dealing with, and we can forget that we’ve been given an important assignment: Tell the world about Jesus!
We need to be reminded that Jesus is coming, and this time He’s coming to judge the world. The first time Jesus came as a babe, the next time He comes He’ll be riding on a white horse, and He’ll bring the winepress of God’s judgment.
That’s why our mission is so important – God so loved the world that He does not want anyone to perish, but all to come to a saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ.
And our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to spread that knowledge through the entire world, including the world around us.
We can change the world, one life at a time…