What is “Gospel Convergence”? Part 6

The purpose of Gospel Convergence is to provide:

“Meditations on the Life of Jesus in the Mission of His Church for the Glory of God”

converging arrows vimeoThis encapsulates our Theological Vision which can be broken down into three complementary points:

  • Christ-Centred
  • Mission Orientated
  • Doxologically Driven

Mission Orientated

We believe that to be aligned with God in being Christ-Centred necessarily results in being Mission Orientated. That is, we do not want our love for Jesus to terminate on itself but rather to overflow in service to him and others.

Mission begins and belongs to God; the mission is his, he started it and he has graciously invited us to join with him in it through faith in Jesus.

The Messiah and His Mission

And then, as expectation of his Advent intensified, he came. Not with the pomp and splendour that people envisioned, for,

“he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:2b-3 ESV)

Jesus the Messiah inverted his people’s presumptions.

He was not the Messiah his people expected but he was, nevertheless, the Messiah who fulfilled his people’s prophecies.

The Israelites, like their ancestors in the days of Samuel the prophet, wanted “a king to judge [them] like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5). They were looking for a king, one like Caesar, to rule over them and crush their enemies under his feet. To establish Israel as the deciding world power.

The King they received, however, was born in a stable because there was no place for him in the inn, much less a palace (Luke 2:7). He was hunted by a usurper and forced to flee to a foreign country for asylum (Matthew 2:13-18). He was misunderstood and rejected by his own family and later abandoned and denied by his closest friends (Matthew 13:57Mark 3:21John 7:5Mark 14:43-50Luke 22:54-62). He himself was homeless and poor (Matthew 8:202 Corinthians 8:9). He “came not to be served but to serve” (Matthew 20:28) and “to proclaim good news to the poor… liberty to the captives and… to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). In place of his rightful royal diadem he was crowned with thorns (John 19:2). Finally, in collaboration with the Roman government, he was brutally murdered by the very religious leaders who should have welcomed him with open arms (Matthew 27:15-56;Mark 15:6-41Luke 23:13-49John 18:39-19:37).

Jesus was the King God sent them. Jesus was the King they needed and Jesus is the King we continue to need.

Jesus mission was to herald the coming of the new age and to inaugurate it. From the very beginning of his ministry Jesus was sent to proclaim the gospel of God, ““The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”” (Mark 1:14-15)

Forty times in the John’s gospel narrative Jesus refers to himself as being sent by God. Jesus was sent to do the will of God and accomplish his work (4:34), to do the works of his Father (5:36), to draw the elect to himself (6:44), to teach (7:16), to bring his Father’s judgement (8:16), to make the Father known (12:45), to proclaim God’s word (14:24), to give eternal life to those who believe in him (17:3), to bring unity to his followers, (17:21) and to show the world that the Father loves his adopted children with the same love he has for his Son (17:23).

Concurrently, in Jesus’ Incarnation we glimpse what life will be like when he comes again to make all things finally and fully new. In his miracles we see a restoration of the created order: sickness, oppression, hunger non-extant. Creation released from its groaning and turmoil, once again at peace (Romans 8:19-22). Jesus’ life and teaching speak of a better age, the new age, when he will reign bodily upon the new heaven and new earth, and every knee will bow before him in submission and every tongue confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father. His resurrection flaunts his powerful victory over Satan, sin and death, who are not long for this world, as a foretaste of what awaits all who trust in him (Revelation 20-22Philippians 2:9-11).

In his life, death and resurrection Jesus was bringing an end to the old age and instigating the new age in which Satan, sin and death will become undone.

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