Jesus – Missionary Par Excellence

“The Lord of the Scriptures is a missionary God who not only reaches out and gathers the lost but also sends his servants, and particularly his beloved Son, to achieve his gracious saving purposes.  As many have rightly observed, the most important mission in the Scriptures is the missio deiJesus Christ is the ‘missionary’ par excellence: the basic and foundational missions is his.  He has been sent by the Father to effect forgiveness and salvation, especially through his death and resurrection (Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47), and then to announce it to Jews and Gentiles alike.  In fulfillment of the Servant’s role his task is to bring (or, perhaps, be) God’s salvation to the ends of the earth.”

– Andreas J. Kostenberger and Peter T. O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity), 269 (italics original, bold-faced mine).

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2 Comments on “Jesus – Missionary Par Excellence”

  1. Sam Fountain Says:

    As I was working on my book about Jesus, JESUS, A MAN FOR ALL TIME (www.eloquentbooks.com/JesusAManForAllTime.html), i thoroughly reflected on the life of Jesus and happily discovered that Jesus liked and respected people. He told stories (parables) to stir their thoughts and spirits. He did not look at them as sinners, but as friends. As important, Jesus was unique, he accepted all people, the impoverished, Roman soldiers, the lawyers who challenged him, and Judas who betrayed him.

    He loved people and offered them the Kingdom of God to strengthen their living; he healed them to stave off death and restored life to the young girl to keep her alive.


  2. Sam,

    I am impressed by your shameless plug. I am open to free advertising I suppose. 🙂 In any case, I would check that about “accepting” Judas and the purpose of the kingdom of God. I, and I think many of my readers, would seriously disagree with you.


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