Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22)
Relate: Way back when He was beginning His ministry Jesus stopped off at home. Nazareth’s Rabbi offered to let Him come up as a guest speaker in the synagogue. Jesus went up, opened the scroll and began reading: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me for He has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Then he rolled up the scroll and gave it back. While everyone was still watching Him, Jesus said, “The scripture you have just heard has been fulfilled this very day.”
React: Fast forward a few years. Jesus has died. He has risen. He will soon be leaving to return to the Father. Before going He commissions his disciples to carry forward his task. Then He breathes on them and they are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Now it is our turn. Now it is our mission. The Spirit of the Lord is on us, and He has anointed us to bring good news to the poor. He has sent us to proclaim freedom for the captives. He has sent us to open blind eyes. To liberate the oppressed. To proclaim that the time of God’s favor has come. How have we been doing with that task?
That was Jesus mission. Everything He did, everything He taught, and everywhere He went was with the purpose of fulfilling that mission. What about me? Am I about bringing good news to the poor, or am I too busy enriching myself? Am I proclaiming freedom for captives, or pursuing those comforts that keep them bound? Am I opening blind eyes or burying my own head in the sand? Am I about bringing the Lord’s favor today, or am I sitting back waiting for some future evacuation? How am I doing with the mission God has sent me on?
God, let me about Your mission. I repent for allowing the distractions of life to sidetrack me. I repent for allowing the good things keep me from the greatest thing. Give me a greater passion for the poor, the blind, and the oppressed. Do not let me rest until Your kingdom on earth perfectly reflects heaven. Don’t let me rest until You return.