Jesus Christ came purposed to die for our sins and be resurrected for our salvation (Rom 4:25). I do not believe it overly simplistic to say that the fundamental mission of Christ’s time on earth was the salvation of all who will receive Him as Savior and Lord (Luke 19:10, John 1:12). His coming and offering of salvation has not only changed people’s lives for eternity but ushered in a movement that has literally changed the world.
Since the time of Christ, His church has been a significant source of social services like schooling and medical care and inspiration for art, culture and philosophy, politics, and world affairs. Jesus taught His followers to pray, “God’s kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). This prayer is not merely an expectant yearning for Christ’s imminent return but also a desire to see God’s kingdom broaden and become increasingly established throughout the world in the here and now. Christ’s coming ignited a movement that transforms His followers, unleashing them as change agents in our culture.
We recognize the determination of Christ and commitment to His mission as He made the journey to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. He knows He will be betrayed. The cross awaits Him. Of course, Jesus also knew Resurrection Sunday would shortly be history, altering all His people’s future. Nevertheless, with betrayal, rejection, torture, and crucifixion close at hand, Luke records, “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). These words reference Jesus’ ascension, although His death and resurrection were included in this climax of His earthly ministry. Luke states that “He set His face to go to Jerusalem.” Knowing what awaited Him, He moved steadily towards His death, His victory, and the igniting of a movement of Christian world changers. There is no doubt of Christ’s desire for all people to enter into salvation through Him. This was His mission and His heart.
From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday), the events of Passion Week changed everything for all of us. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross. Passion Week is described in all four of the Gospels. What ought to be the attitude of believers as we remember this remarkable week in salvation history? We should share our Lord’s passion in our worship of Him and our partnering in His mission as we know Him and make Him known. Christ gave it all for us. He held nothing back. How can we not give our all to Him? How can we not be willing to sacrifice for the cause of following Him and sharing His love and message with others until all have a repeated opportunity to respond to His offer of salvation, transformation, and glory?
I pray that each of us will catch the Lord’s passion for those far from Him yet so close to His heart. As His church, I ask God to use us to continue to be a substantial source of social good and cultural transformation. As we pray, “God’s kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10), let’s do so, expecting God to use us to see His kingdom expand and established throughout the world.
Christ’s coming ignited a movement that continues to transform His followers and the world around them. It begins with our personal transformation as we give ourselves wholly to Christ, inviting the Spirit to make us holy (Rom 12:1-2). Therefore, as God is transforming us, we reach out to others with His love and message. When we walk with the Lord in this way, believers are genuinely unleashed as Christian world changers. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!