Summary: Jesus, the Man with a mission is our model to fulfil the mission given to us.
Text: Hebrews 3:1-4
Theme: Modelling after Jesus
Propositional Truth (P.T.): We can accomplish the mission God gives to the church.
Transitional Sentence (T.S.): We can accomplish the mission God gives to the church by following Jesus’ examples.
I. Jesus was committed to the mission.
II. Jesus concentrated on the mission.
III. Jesus completed the mission
Let me begin by sharing with you a letter that was written by a young communist to his girl friend. He was breaking off his relationship with her
because of his devotion to the communist cause. She gave the letter to her pastor, who gave the letter to Billy Graham. Billy Graham published the
letter. Here it is:
“We communists have a high casualty rate. We are the ones who get shot and hung and ridiculed and fired from our jobs and in every other way made as
uncomfortable as possible. A certain percentage of us get killed or imprisoned. We live in virtual poverty. We turn back to the party every penny we
make above what is absolutely necessary to keep us alive.
We communists do not have the time or the money for many movies or concerts or T-bone steaks or decent homes or new cars. We’ve been described as
fanatics. We are fanatics. Our lives are dominated by our great, overshadowing factor: the struggle for world communism. We have a philosophy of
life, which no amount of money could buy. We have a cause to fight for, a definite purpose in life. We subordinate our petty personal selves into a
great movement of humanity; and if our personal lives seem hard or our egos appear to suffer through subordination to the party, then we are
adequately compensated by the thought that each of us, in his small way, is contributing to something new and true and better for mankind.
There is one thing in which I am dead earnest about, and that is the communist cause. It is my life, my business, my religion, my hobby, my
sweetheart, my wife, my mistress, my bread and meat. I work at it in the daytime and dream of it at night. Its hold on me grows, not lessens, as
time goes on; therefore, I cannot carry on a friendship, a love affair, or even a conversation without relating it to this force which both drives
and guides my life. I evaluate people, looks, ideas, and actions according to how they affect the communist cause, and by their attitude toward it.
I’ve already been in jail because of my ideals, and if necessary, I’m ready to go before a firing squad.”
This communist man was sold out for the communist cause. He was willing to give up his fiancée and even his life for communism. Jesus said something
similar to this effect. Luke 14:26 "If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and
sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Jesus demands 100% devotion from His disciples, nothing less. Jesus doesn’t demand
from us what He himself couldn’t do.
Let’s read today’s text.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2.He was faithful to Him
who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.
Today’s text tells us to consider Jesus, the Apostle. The word Apostle in Greek ‘apostolos’ means one who was sent for a specific purpose. Jesus is
called the Apostle because He was sent for a specific mission. He told His disciples in John 4:34, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and
to accomplish His work.”
Jesus was a man consumed with a mission. Mission was His food.
In the Greek text the word ‘sent’ is the Greek word ‘apostello’ which means send forth on a certain mission.
- Jesus was a man sent with a mission. I think it is correct to say that as Christians, we have a mission too.
What can we learn from Jesus, the Man with a Mission? I propose that we can accomplish the mission God has given to the church and to each of us by
learning from Jesus’ examples.
Let us pray...
The first thing we learnt from the gospel is that Jesus was highly committed to the mission.
1. JESUS WAS COMMITTED TO THE MISSION
1A. SENT BY THE FATHER – appointed, Heb 3:2
“He was faithful to Him who appointed Him” Heb 3:2a
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38
Jesus was faithful to the One was appointed Him. He came to do the will of God who sent Him. He was highly motivated because the One who sent Him