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A Man With A Mission
by Wayne Blank
Why The Messiah?
The announcement to Mary of how and why the Son of God would be born as a man:
"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David [see The Root and The Offspring], and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end."
To Joseph also, that the Messiah "will save His people from their sins":
"Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:20-21 RSV)
The Bible does not record when the Messiah began to realize who and what He was, but by age 12 He most certainly knew:
"Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the Feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him."
Everything that Jesus Christ spoke and taught was according to what God told Him:
"The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does His works." (John 14:10 RSV)
The fulfillment of His mission:
"When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him."
Fact Finder: Jesus of Nazareth knew all that God gave Him to know, but what was Jesus not told would happen at the moment that His mission reached its fulfillment?