What was the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ? How did he himself define it? Here are the verses we find in the four gospels:
How can we tell if what the Lord Jesus says is a mission statement? We are looking for phrases such as these:
- He says: “I came to do …”
- He says “I was sent to do …”
- He tells us the reason why he is doing something
Matthew 5:17. Don’t think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I didn’t come to destroy, but to fulfill.
Matthew 9:13. But you go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ for I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Matthew 10:34. “Don’t think that I came to send peace on the earth. I didn’t come to send peace, but a sword.
Matthew 10:35. For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Matthew 11:27. All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him.
Matthew 11:28. “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 12:28. But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then God’s Kingdom has come upon you.
Matthew 12:40. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew 13:37. He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
Matthew 15:24. I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 16:21. From that time, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up.
Matthew 17:22-23. While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered up into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and the third day he will be raised up.”
Matthew 18:11. For the Son of Man came to save that which was lost.
Matthew 20:19. and will hand him over to the Gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day he will be raised up.
Matthew 20:28. even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 1:38. He said to them, “Let’s go elsewhere into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because I came out for this reason.”
Mark 2:17. When Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Mark 8:31. He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Mark 10:45. For the Son of Man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Luke 4:18. The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed,
Luke 4:19. and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:43. But he said to them, “I must preach the good news of God’s Kingdom to the other cities also. For this reason I have been sent.”
Luke 5:32. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 9:56. For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” They went to another village.
Luke 12:49. I came to throw fire on the earth. I wish it were already kindled.
Luke 12:51. Do you think that I have come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.
Luke 17:25. But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
Luke 19:10. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 22:19. He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.”
Luke 22:20. Likewise, he took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
Luke 22:37. For I tell you that this which is written must still be fulfilled in me: ‘He was counted with transgressors.’ For that which concerns me has an end.”
Luke 24:26. Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?”
Luke 24:46. He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
John 3:17. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.
John 4:14. but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
John 4:34. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
John 5:19. Jesus therefore answered them, “Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise.
John 5:21. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.
John 5:30. I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don’t seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.
John 6:35. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will not be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 6:38. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me.
John 7:16. Jesus therefore answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
John 7:29. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.
John 8:12. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 9:4. I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.
John 9:39. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.”
John 10:10. The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
John 12:46. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in the darkness.
John 12:47. If anyone listens to my sayings, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge him. For I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
John 17:4. I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do.
John 17:18. As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into the world.
John 18:11. Jesus therefore said to Peter, “Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?”
John 18:37. Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
John 20:21. Jesus therefore said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
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