Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A question to wrestle with...

Who did Jesus come for? Did he come for the world or the Church?

The answer I'm getting from scripture is that Jesus came for the world. In Matthew 9:13 Jesus says to the Pharisees, "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners."

After his encounter with Zaccheus Jesus said, "I came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)

Also in Luke we see Jesus making the point through 3 consecutive "Lost" parables that the priority of the Father is to find the lost. (Luke 15)

My follow-up question then is if Jesus is sent to the world instead of the Church, who are we sent to? Are we (the Church) sent here for the world or the church?

If we're here for the world, how should that affect how we practice church life? If for the Church, then how do we engage the world?