What was the Mission of Jesus Christ? The answer to this question will be the subject of our reflection. However, let us examine the context of the mission of Jesus Christ.
The world has known heroes. The world has known influential men. The earth has known men who have indeed marked our world. And among them, there is a hero of the heroes, the famous of the famous: Jesus Christ, the Messiah. If the other influential heroes or men have marked a particular time and territories; as for Jesus Christ, he was a universal hero: The Messiah.
What Was the Mission of Jesus Christ in Historical Context
By their disobedience to God, Adam and Eve have sinned against God. He had disobeyed his will, his instructions, his command: the Law of God.
The consequences of their sin were numerous, severe, and considerable. So these consequences were valid for them and also for their descendants. All the descendants of Adam and Eve are born with sin. And they share the same consequences with their ancestors. In particular, we can cite mainly physical death and spiritual death.
Physical death: implies that man was to be born and live on this earth in a world of misery, sickness, suffering, perdition, etc. then finally die, be buried, and finally rotten in the earth (return to the dust) irremediably and hopelessly.
Spiritual death: Spiritually, a man was to be separated from God forever, and finally returned to nothingness. Our relationship with God was cut off.
A Need Was Born to Find a Solution to Remedy the Consequence
Given its enormous consequences, a need was born. The need to find a solution to remedy this, To allow men first to be reconciled with God (again in a relationship with God). Then allow a man to be with God, in Heaven for eternity: to save the soul of humanity. And finally, to allow a man to find his place and his original condition before sin.
This solution was part of a plan we call ourselves: THE PLAN OF SALVATION OR REDEMPTION. It was this plan that would enable man to have the hope and hope of living in Heaven with God for all eternity even though we are all sinners. This plan did not concern only Adam and Eve, but all the men who lived and will live on this earth, born of a father and a woman. ” For all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God ” (Romans 3: 23).
Sin Is the Transgression of the Law
When we sin against God, it is his law that we transgress. Every sinner transgresses the law, and sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3: 4).
Given the greatness, the holiness, and the sovereignty of God: His law or his instructions or his commandments are sacred. They reflect the will of God.
Because of the holy and sacred character of the Law of God, the price of the reparation of human fault towards God was unfathomable and impossible for the man himself to repair this fault of his own strength; and even to fulfill the plan of the redemption of the human race. For sin had already entered and bound to human nature. It was then necessary to be a saint, perfect, and sovereign to repair the human fault (our disobedience) towards God.
One would have thought of the angels of God to repair this human fault towards God. Indeed, angels are little superior to men. But angels are only creatures of God too. The angels of God are not above God, they are not sovereign.
Who Could Then Save the Men?
Yet without this plan of redemption of the human race, man would perish away from God without hope and end in the eternal separation from his Creator.
God is, therefore, a righteous God. So Justice had to be rendered vis-à-vis our disobedience. The man had to be punished. God’s anger and righteousness must befall all fallen and lost humanity.
But, we have a God of love, wise, holy, just, merciful, powerful, strong, intelligent, and good! He is the Creator God, the only God, and Sovereign, the One who lives from eternity to eternity. No one is comparable to him. He is the Almighty God, to whom nothing is impossible.
After the sin of Adam and Eve, from the Garden of Eden, it was in this atmosphere of despair, trouble, and inevitability that man was immersed. Only the plan of the redemption of the human race could give hope, peace, and eternal life to man.
This is how God will combine his love, his wisdom, his intelligence, his power, his justice, his mercy, his goodness to DESIGN and also COMPLETE a REDEMPTION PLAN or SALVATION PLAN.
Unbelievable! But true! The Creator God of the heavens, the earth, and the sea (and all that they contain), him the God of Glory, Supreme and Sovereign: besides conceiving this brilliant plan of redemption of the human race; would come to fulfill this plan of salvation for all mankind. Thus, it would give men the opportunity to live with him in heaven eternally following especially the path of truth and life.
The Only Solution Was That God Himself Come to Earth, in the Midst of Men, to Accomplish This Redemptive Work. but How?
Since God is a spirit, He is invisible. ALSO, HOW WILL MEN KNOW THAT GOD HAS REALLY COME ON EARTH TO COMPLETE THIS REDEMPTION MISSION WHICH DEPENDS on ALL OUR HOPE FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS?
As nothing is impossible to God, he who is the Solution to everything and himself the solution to this redemptive plan; apparently, the Great God has found an answer that surpasses the human understanding. Oh, how big and strong is our Creator God!
What was God’s solution to come to accomplish this saving work on this wretched land where sinners live in the eyes of men?
Go through a virgin woman; to conceive a being by the spirit of God, thus to be born human naturally … To this being is given the name of JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, the God of our Salvation! And to this incredible being JESUS CHRIST, a divine mission will be entrusted to him. The Mission of Jesus Christ will, therefore, be part of God’s will to redeem the human race. The Mission of Jesus Christ is therefore universal in scope.
We rightly dedicate our pen to this theme: The Mission of Jesus Christ. Our reflection will be divided into THREE (3) MAJOR PARTS:
(1) – PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE MESSIAH AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS.
(2) – THE MESSIANIC MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST.
(3) – WHAT DO WE BRING THE REDEMPTION MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST?
To read the following article, please click on the following link: THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE MESSIAH AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS (1st part).