The Mission Of Christ

Matthew 20:28

"Even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Mat 20:28).

Every twig on this golden branch is laden with the fruit of Heaven. It is a great cluster of ripe grapes, full of the new wine of the kingdom. Let us pluck them carefully one by one.

1. He Came. Then He must have existed before He came. Then He was not driven out of Heaven, but left of His own good will. His pre-existence and infinite love are herein revealed.

2. He Came as the Son of Man. He was the Son of God, divine and eternal, but He appeared as the Son of Humanity. He was in closest touch with God. He came into closest touch with man, taking upon Him the likeness of sinful flesh.

3. He Came Not to be Ministered Unto. He could have had plenty of ministers had He desired them. All the angels of Heaven, and all the laws and resources of Nature, were at His call, but He came not to be served as a king.

4. He Came to Minister. Man had nothing to give Him. He had all the riches of the Godhead. He came to minister to the need of poor, sinful humanity. Who else could undertake such a mighty task? To this end He girt Himself about with the towel of lowly service.

5. He Came to Give His Life. Mark the words, His Life. Man had no life worth giving; in fact, no life to give. As a sinner against God all was already forfeited. Condemned already. What a life His was-pure, full, powerful' He yielded up all.

6. He Came to Give His Life a Ransom. Then a ransom was needed. Christ's death was substitutionary. He bore our sins in His own body on the tree. To whom was the ransom paid? Not to Satan, not to man, not to death, not to angels, but in answer to the inexorable holiness and justice of God. "It pleased the Lord to bruise Him. He hath put Him to grief" (Isa 53:10). "Behold the goodness and the severity of God" (Rom 11:22).

7. He Came to Give His Life a Ransom for Many. His death was "in the place of many." This ransom is sufficient for the whole world (1Jn 2:2). It is a door as high as the throne of God, as low as man's deepest need, and as wide as "Whosoever will." Have you entered in?

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