Consider Christ Jesus – The One Sent By God 2014
God’s Nature and Perspective By Kayla Olmsted
It is in God’s nature to send. He sends angels to minister to the heirs of salvation and preachers to preach the gospel of Christ. God even sent ravens to feed the prophet Elijah. Whenever God sends someone or something it is for a specific purpose and the one being sent is equipped to carry out the work that the Lord has given them to do. From the beginning of time God has been using all things to work out His eternal purpose. It is not as though all things are adequate in and of themselves however. When God determines to send a preacher for instance, He first gives him a message. Romans 10:15 says “And how shall they preach unless they be sent?” See God will first equip then He will send. 
God sent Jesus. It can also be said this way; God gave us His dearly beloved Son. God loves Jesus more than anything else, yet He freely gave Him for us. God actually commanded Jesus to lay down His life and take it up again. This was no small task! Jesus was sent to accomplish something that no one else could. The way that God sent Jesus is different from other times when God sent. Jesus did not have to receive any external resources to be able to accomplish the purpose for which God was sending Him. Or in other words He did not have to be equipped to do this work. “In Him was life” ( Jn 1:4). God did have to prepare a body for Him but this was not to make Him better so to speak, it was to bring Him lower!
Jesus’ Perspective
From Jesus’ perspective He received a command from His Father. Sometimes when we think of being commanded to do something we might get the impression that someone is being forced to do something against their will. This however, was not the case. Jesus did not oppose the command that He was given. Jesus said “I and my Father are one” (Jn 10:30). Jesus and God are completely united. Jesus was in agreement with what His Father asked Him to do. Jesus not only agreed with coming to earth but more than that He willingly humbled Himself and gave His life a ransom for many. Jesus was and still is an obedient son. His main priority is pleasing His Father. And to be certain He does please His Father! Jesus testified of Himself and said “for I do always those things that please Him” (Jn 8:29).
The world will try to deceive you into thinking that God’s love is unconditional and that He loves everyone the same. This is a lie, brethren, as you well know! God does not love unconditionally likewise He does not love everyone the same. When God loves someone it is not without cause or reason. Jesus said “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again” (Jn 10:17).  Jesus humbled Himself, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures (Php 2:8, 1 Co 15:4). Jesus completed the work that He was given to do on the earth and obeyed the Fathers command. God has great cause to love Jesus! We who have placed our hope in Christ can rejoice greatly because Jesus is pleasing to His Father and God certainly loves Him. 
Purpose in Coming
So why did Jesus come to the earth? Why did God send Him?  Luke 4:18 says; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Jesus was sent not to condemn but to save (Jn 3:17). He came to turn us from our iniquities (Acts 3:26), to seek and save that which was lost. We all like sheep had gone astray each to our own way and Jesus came to reconcile us to God and bring us to glory. The King of Kings took a mighty step down to bring us up to where He is. Jesus is God in the flesh and He knows what is in a man, even so He came to save us. Jesus came knowing that men would reject Him. God sent His one and only Son knowing that He would be hated by those that He came to save. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I Jn. 4:9-10). Jesus paid the debt that we owed. He nailed our sin to the cross and returned to glory victoriously. Praise God that He sent Jesus and that Jesus completed the work that he was given to do. Because of that we are now accepted by God In Him. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). We who were once not a people are now the children of God. 
He Will Come Again
Lastly I want to remind you that He will come again! God will send Jesus once more and every eye will see Him in all His glory. No man knows the day or time when this will occur, not even Christ Himself, only the Father knows. We do know that He will come as a thief, at a time when you least expect it. So I exhort you to always be ready! On that day we will all be changed immortal, yet no moral change will be made. Of that day scripture says “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still (Rev 22:11). It will be clear in that day that God is just and His judgments are right. Those who will be ready to stand before the Lord on that day are those who have counted all as loss to gain Christ, even those who have washed their garments white, who are longing to see Jesus and be with Him. On this day God will divide once and for all. All things that offend will be forever cast out and the saints will be revealed with Him. This is what we are eagerly anticipating and patiently waiting for brethren! So I ask you, are you longing to see Him? Do you love His appearing? May God ever increase this desire within us and may the sober consideration of this truth cause us to make the appropriate preparations that we might be ready when God sends His Son into the world again!