Jesus was on a mission. Everything He did was about completing that mission. Nothing was extraneous.
IT’S ABOUT GOD …
This might come as a surprise to you, but Jesus did not come to save your soul. Saving your soul was definitely an important part of His mission, but the mission was not all about you! Everything in the Bible will make more sense if you realize that Jesus came to do the will of His Father.
It’s all about God! (Say that a few times and let it sink in). You’re important only because God loves you enough to make you important (John 3:16-17).
THE MISSION …
Jesus’ mission was to establish the Kingdom of God (Matt 24:14). That required a Messiah, a King, and a people. God invested thousands of years to prepare us for that.
Throughout the Old Testament, we see one kingdom after another. We see a chosen people. We see rebellion and turmoil. We see strife and lots of drama. And then, we see the Messiah enter the scene.
When Jesus comes on the scene, we see power and authority. We see obedience even unto death. We see royalty and divinity. And finally, at the foot of the cross, we see the Kingdom established. And with that, we also see His royal family put into place. The family is the Church (behold your mother … behold your son). The Church is the family.
Of course, there’s still more to come in this story. Death will be defeated in three days. The new family patriarchs (the Apostles) will receive the breath of Christ (the Holy Spirit) to guide them as they take a place previously occupied by the kings of Israel. And of course, Jesus will return to our Father in heaven to perpetuate the line of King David.
And yes! King Yeshua still awaits the nod from our Father to come back and consolidate the Kingdom, bringing an end forever to evil and suffering.
THE WOMAN AND THE SCRAPS …
As for the woman of faith seeking scraps from the table of the Apostles, Jesus was not mean to her. He blessed her because of her faith. But He had a higher purpose, and He knew she would be fine because of the love of God. Nevertheless, we see our King, the Good Shepherd, is never too busy — even when He has a date with destiny on a cross on a hill outside of the city of peace (Jerusalem).
THE LESSON …
Live today as if God we’re more important than you. He is.
Trust Jesus as if He is doing the will of God but still cares about you. He does.
And love others as if the Kingdom of God we’re all about love. It is!
If you can’t remember those three things, just remember to focus on God. It’s not about you!
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