Our claim to have Christ in us (Col 1:27) has to be proven. We must value what is valuable to Christ (1 John 2:3-6). What was Jesus like in His youth (Luke 2:46-52)? What was Jesus like as an adult (John 13:5-20; Phil 2:5-7; 1 Pet 2:21-25; John 17:4)? This proves that Jesus lived with the true purpose!!!
I. JESUS’ PURPOSE
A. To tell about God & the Kingdom (Luke 4:43; Mark 1:38; 9:1; John 3:3-5)
B. To demonstrate obedience (Heb 10:7; John 4:34; 6:38; Matt 4:1-11)
C. To command change (Mark 1:15; Luke 5:31-32; 1 John 3:8; John 9:39; 10:10)
D. To seek out souls to save (Luke 19:10; Matt 18:10-14; John 10:11)
E. To accept the cost (Mark 10:33-34; John 12:32; Rom 5:19; 1 Tim 1:15)
1. His purpose should be our purpose (1 Pet 2:9-10)
II. KEEPING JESUS’ PURPOSE
A. Start early in life (Luke 2:49; John 9:4)
B. Be resolute through life (Luke 9:51; 9:57-62)
C. Be prayerful when the work is hard (Luke 22:42; John 12:27-28)
D. Rejoice in the outcome (Rom 5:3-5; Jas 1:2-4)
Acts 4:12; John 3:16
Today, the charge of intolerance is leveled at anyone who does not respect with quiet acceptance the perversion of our culture. Peter paid no heed as to how his culture might respond to the truth about Jesus. What should we think when accusations of intolerance are made?
I. GOD OFFERS SALVATION from sin TO EVERY SOUL
A. He has a tolerant side (John 3:16; 1 Tim 2:3-5; Luke 15:1-2; Matt 7:12; 2 Pet 3:9)
B. His purpose is not advanced by violent force (Matt 26:55, 52)
II. MANY ARE CHRISTIANS IN NAME ONLY
A. Anyone can call himself a Christian (3 John 9-10)
B. Christ knows those who belong to Him (2 Tim 2:19)
III. MANY MISREPRESENT CHRIST’S PURPOSE
A. He did not come to make the world a happy place.
B. He came to save spiritual lives (John 3:16; Luke 19:10)
C. His gospel deals with real problems (Rom 3:23; 6:23)
IV. JESUS CHRIST STANDS ALONE IN HIS UNIQUENESS
A. He brought eternal life (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9)
B. He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14)
C. He explained the Father (John 1:18)
D. He is the only begotten of God: unique in every way
E. He spoke the truth of God; exposed and rebuked sin
F. He was killed, in innocence, to fulfill God’s purpose (Eph 3:4-6, 11)
G. He has redemptive power by His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19)
H. He was raised to be a sympathetic High Priest (Heb 4:15; Rom 1:4)
I. His gospel explains His uniqueness to save from sin (Rom 1:16)
The uniqueness of Christianity (the true religion of Christ) is not based on the perfection of its adherents, but on the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ
In Luke 4, Jesus was in His hometown of Nazareth & in one short speech He gave all the motivation one would ever need to become a Christian.
A. Jesus became a celebrity (Review: John 1:1-4:54).
B. Jesus was asked to preach (Luke 4:18-21; Isa 61:1-2; 42:3-7).
II. JESUS’ MISSION
“HE [Jehovah] ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR” (Luke 4:18).
Our Motivation: “I am nothing before God.” (Matt 5:3).
“TO BIND UP THE BROKEN-HEARTED” (Isa 61:1).
Our Motivation: “I am sinful before God.” (Matt 5:4; Psa 32:3-5; 34:18; 51:17)
“TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES” (Luke 4:18; Isa 61:1; 42:7).
Our Motivation: “I desire the forgiveness of God.” (John 8:34; 1 John 3:8; Heb 2:14-15).
“TO PROCLAIM RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND” (Luke 4:18; Isa 42:7).
Our Motivation: “I desire to know (see) the truth of God.” (John 8:12; Acts 26:18; Matt 4:15-17; 2 Cor 4:3-4)
“TO SET FREE [AT LIBERTY] THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED [BRUISED]” (Luke 4:18; Isa 61:1; 42:3, 7).
Our Motivation: “I desire a clear conscience before God .” (John 8:34-36; 1 Pet 3:21)
“TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD” (Luke 4:19; Lev 25:1-22).
Our Motivation: “I desire to go back to God.” (John 14:1-3)
Is Jesus’ mission your motivation?