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On Mission    Matt. 27:35-37, 45-50; 28:5-10, 18-20    Nov. 25, 2007

Our Lord realized He was on a mission while here on this earth. We who belong to Him must also realize while we live on this earth we are On Mission. Our mission centers on telling others about Him, and seeking to serve Him in every way we can. Why should we be on a mission? Because Christ paid the penalty for our sin, God's power resurrected our Lord for us and Jesus planned for our service.

1. On Mission Because Christ . . Paid The Penalty For Sin. 27:35-37, 45-50

  A. Paid The Penalty Including The . . Mockery. 27:35-37
35 After crucifying Him they divided His clothes by casting lots. 36 Then they sat
down and were guarding Him there. 37 Above His head they put up the charge against Him in writing: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS

B. Paid The Penalty Including The . . Misery . 27:45-49
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over the whole land. 46 At about three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling for Elijah!" 48 Immediately one of them ran and
got a sponge, rallying cry it with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, and offered Him a drink.  49 But the rest said, "Let's see if Elijah comes to save Him!"

C. Paid The Penalty Including The . . Mastery . 27:50
50 Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.

    In paying the price for our sin Jesus endured the mockery and misery as He proclaimedHis mastery over death and the grave. It is recorded earlier that Jesus told the disciples, "I lay down my life, that I might take it again. . . . I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again." Jn.10:17-18 KJV). With that kind of proclamation from our Lord why wouldn't all Christians desire to be On Mission for Christ? How long has it been since you watched a newer Christian on fire for the Lord? They are exciting and
demonstrate to
all of us how we need to be serving.

2. On Mission Because God's . . Power Resurrected Jesus For Us. 28:5-10

  A. On Mission Because Resurrection Power Was . . Prophesied. 28:5-6
5 But the angel told the women, "Don't be afraid, because I know you are looking for
Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.

B. On Mission Because Resurrection Power Was . . Proclaimed. 28:7-8
7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He
is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.' Listen, I have told you." 8 So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. <>

C.    On Mission Because Resurrection Power Was . . Proven. 28:9-10
9 Just then Jesus met them and said, "Good morning!" They came up, took hold of His
feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus told them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there."

    Do you remember Jesus prophesied His resurrection even before His death? Our text records an angel proclaiming the resurrection occurred just like Jesus told them it would.  The angel sent the women on ahead to proclaim the fact of His resurrection to the disciples, and on their way Jesus appeared to them. He removed any possible doubt about His resurrection to these ladies as He appeared to them. Time and time again I have heard the testimony of the Lord removing doubts and fears through an overwhelming sense of His presence to a troubled Christian. Because He is the living Lord we need to be On Mission.

3. We Are On Mission Because Christ . . Planned For Our Service. 28:18-20

  A. On Mission Because Of The . . Authority Of The Plan. 28:18
18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth.

B. On Mission Because Of The . . Anchor Of The Plan. 28:19
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

C. On Mission Because Of The . . Ages Of The Plan. 28:20
20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am
with you always, to the end of the age." HCSB

    Over 2,000 years ago the Lord made an overall plan for us to be involved in mission as He talked about the authority, anchor, and ages of the plan. If we recognize His authority gives us a mission, then we look for the anchoring principals of the mission, and know through all ages His followers will continue this mission because He is with us. If we ask who gave us authority to go into all the world? The answer is He did! If we ask what is the anchor of our message? The answer comes; Make disciples! If we ask how long must this mission continue? The answer comes until the end of the age, and all that time He is with us! Well then do all Christians need to be On Mission? Amen? Amen!