Jesus - Mission
The Son of God came into this world on a mission for others, fulfilling God's promise to send another covenant representative who would undo what Adam had done. Jesus preached truth with a unique authority and worked miracles in dramatic demonstration of his claims. In his flawless obedience he lived the life we could never live. And at Calvary he died the death we deserved to die, offering himself as the sacrifice for the sins of his people. He was clearly a substitute, having no sin of his own, but bearing the punishment due to the sins of others, the death penalty which our sins deserved. Jesus bought our forgiveness and freedom at the cost of his own blood. There was no other way. There is no other Saviour.
He rose from the dead on the first day of the week, and appeared to his amazed followers, convincing them that he had indeed risen. The Scriptures teach the historical, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ. That resurrection vindicates his claims, it declares the acceptance of his work by the Father, and it marks his victory over our enemies, over sin, death and the devil. Only a resurrection Gospel gives us good news to preach as we call people to a living and victorious Saviour who can be known in the here and now.
Several weeks after the resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven. He had accomplished his mission, and was now rewarded for his obedience. As he had promised, he poured out the Holy Spirit in special power on the Day of Pentecost. He is still active as our exalted Saviour, continuing to remember his people as he rules over the universe. Amidst all the real problems and perplexities of this life, Christians have reason for confidence, knowing that the one who loved enough to come and die is today in control of all things.
Look at the story of the crucifixion and think about the different ways in which Jesus suffered.
Matthew 27: 27-50
What is meant by saying that Jesus was a substitute for others?
John 1: 29; 2 Corinthians 5: 21; Galatians 3: 13
What do these verses say about the liberating work of Jesus?
Ephesians 1: 7; Colossians 1: 13-14; 1 Peter 1: 18-19
Examine the Bible's evidence for the resurrection of Jesus.
Luke 23: 50-53, 55; 24: 1-12, 36-43; 1 Corinthians 15: 3-7
What is the ascended Jesus doing now?
Acts 5: 31; 16: 14; Ephesians 1: 20-23; Hebrews 7: 23-25