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January 9, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him."—1 John 3:5 (NLT)
“I have an important task for you.” Has anyone ever approached you with these words? Honestly, the times I’ve had someone say this to me, I was filled with equal parts excitement and terror; excitement because being given an important task made me feel important and valued, but terror because there is an uncertainty to that kind of statement.
The word task means “a usually assigned piece of work often to be finished within a certain time; something hard or unpleasant that has to be done.” As I read both of these definitions, though, I was immediately drawn to Christ’s work. You see, our verse today tells us that, “Jesus came to take away our sins.” This was His task (John 1:29), given to Him by His Father (John 3:16–17, 5:36, 6:38, 7:29) to be finished at just the right time (Mark 14:41; John 17:1, 19:30; Romans 5:6). And as far as the second definition of task goes, you better believe this task was hard and unpleasant (Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Mark 8:31; Luke 9:22; John 19–20).
But there’s another truly beautiful component to this whole thing . . . It harkens back to my feelings of value and importance about being told someone had an important task for me. I want you to see this and hold tightly to it, friends: This all-important, world-changing, fate of humanity task was given to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, because He was the only One who could complete it!
Christ was sent to accomplish this task because apart from Him we were powerless, hopeless, helpless, and utterly incapable of completing it ourselves (Romans 5:6–11; Hebrews 10). And what made Him the only One qualified? “There is no sin in him." This is in stark contrast to us, as Paul points out (Romans 3:10, 23).
So, Christ willingly took up the task given to Him by His Father (John 10:18; Philippians 2:8). He gave His life for us. He accomplished the important task He was given and made a way for us to be called sons and daughters of God.
So here’s what I want you to do with this reminder of Christ’s important task: follow His example! You see, like Jesus, we’ve been given an extremely important task. In fact, Christ Himself gave it to us: “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19 NLT). I pray we would be a task-oriented people, fully devoted, single-minded, and obedient to accomplish “that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12 NIV).
DIG: Read Isaiah 52:13–53:12 and John 19–20.
DISCOVER: How serious are you about the important task Jesus gave us? How are you seeking to accomplish it today?
DISPLAY: I know this may sound like a daunting thing, but I want to challenge you to make a commitment today . . . Commit to making discipleship your goal in life. We often have many goals in life—a lot of them very good things—but our overarching goal as disciples must be to make disciples. Let’s all commit to defining success in our lives by the Great Commission.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.