Mission is rooted in the very identity of God. Since the fall of man, trust and intimate fellowship with God was broken. The first Gospel is found in #Gen 3:15. Jesus sums up his mission in the same way: “to seek and save that which was lost.” # Luke 19:10
A primary attribute of God is He is One who sends. Time and time again He sends — prophets, wise men (and wise women) to call people back to Himself. # Matt 23:34 Finally, Jesus is born. Jesus identifies Himself as sent by His Father more than 40x times in the Gospel of John.
Then, toward the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus says: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”How can he even draw that parallel? To say “it seems a bit of a stretch” is a major understatement. But there it is: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” Who is He talking about sending? It must be the twelve – the apostles, the “sent ones”, right?
No, the truth is the entire New Testament makes it crystal clear as to who He’s sending — he’s talking about each and every one into whom God has breathed and gifted with His Spirit. #Matt 3:11
“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” The Spirit is given to whom? Sons, daughters, old men and women, orthodox Jews, bond slaves, even those formerly pagan Gentiles — who’d have thought? #Acts 2:17, 18