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      And the crowds were looking for Jesus; and when
      they reached him, they wanted to prevent him
      from leaving them. But Jesus said to them,

      “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God
      to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”

      So Jesus continued proclaiming the message …

                                                         Luke 4:42–44a (NET)


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A Pastor’s Perspective — On Jesus’s Mission in Luke 

“A Messianic Mission Statement”
by Timothy D. Sprankle

Year’s ago Stephen Covey’s classic, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, inspired me to craft a mission statement. I was so enamored with the exercise of getting organized, focused, and effective, I purchased a coveted, Covey-endorsed, Palm Pilot. Unfortunately, it became my gateway device into mission drift. I became so addicted to push notifications and text messages I can hardly set down my phone. Every minute of the day tweets and news feeds, emails and Groupon deals, Instagram “likes” and Marco Polo updates ever inform me. They sound urgent. They seem important. And they all point in a single direction: to me. Once upon a time, I wanted to be like Jesus. Now I simply want to be liked (or retweeted). My mission has drifted.

Fortunately, God is redirecting me after a recent journey through the Gospel of Luke. Luke provides an “orderly account” of Jesus’s earthly mission (1:1-4). He highlights Jesus’s appeal to those on the margins of society: tax collectors and sinners, gentiles and Samaritans, women and children, invalids and prodigals. Jesus brought good news to outcasts, receiving society’s least loveable into God’s great kingdom. 

Jesus is driven by his God-given mission. Luke shows Jesus’s mission through his miraculous works and relentless march to Jerusalem. He also captures Jesus’s mission in the Messiah’s words. In fact, Luke records seven iterations of Jesus’s mission statement.

  • Jesus’s mission comprises time with God. “Didn’t you know I mustbe in my Father’s house?” Jesus asks the question of his upset mother when she finds him in the Jerusalem temple days after the rest of the family departed (2:49).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises Spirit-led ministry to the outcast. He cites Isaiah 61:1-3 in his hometown synagogue as his “life verse” (4:18-22).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises proclamation of God’s kingdom to as many as possible. “I mustproclaimthe good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, for that is whatI was sentto do,” he says to his disciples who interrupt his morning prayer with requests to perform more crowd-pleasing miracles (4:43).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises a call for repentance to sinners. “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance,” he informs the Pharisees upset about the company he keeps (5:32).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises suffering. “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised,” he warns after Peter has rightly confessed him as Christ (9:22 cf. 13:33).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises restoring lost people to into God’s favor. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” Jesus tells Zacchaeus after he has repented of his greed and dishonesty (19:10).
  • Jesus’s mission comprises the redemptive story of the Hebrew Scriptures. “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled,” he teaches his disciples before his ascension (24:44).

Undergirding Jesus’s upward and outward focus is his clear, God-given, Scripture-saturated mission. It pushes his ministry past the pull of the crowd. It focuses his energy on important tasks not urgent needs. It helps him put down the phone to take up the cross.



"A Pastor's Perspective" is a CCBS ministry directed by Timothy D. Sprankle, Senior Pastor of Leesburg Grace Brethren Church. He solicits, collects, and edits all submissions before posting. He earned his B.A. (2001) and M.Div. degrees from Grace Theological Seminary (2004). 


Previously posted blogs are also available: "A Pastor's Perspective."


Special Post

A Special Post for the Nerdy Language Majors Facebook members: "The Minority Report. A Different Assessment for Interpreting Jude" by H.W. Bateman IV (2017). The article is an overview and introduction to Herbert W. Bateman's commentary on Jude published in the Evangelical Exegetical Commenary series with Lexham Press (digital version, 2015; hardcopy version, 2017).



Interpreting the Psalms for Teaching and Preaching (2010)

Interpreting the General Letters (2013)Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (2007)

Commentary on Jude (2015)

Jesus the Messiah      (2012)