Father’s Day, June 20, 2021
Special Guest Bryan Schwartz, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, Texas
The Assignment of Jesus
Why did Jesus become a man and come to earth? What statements or scriptures answer that Question?
WHAT’S THE POINT?
A search of scriptures reveals:
- Jesus came to atone for our sins (1 John 2:2; 3:5).
- He came to take upon himself the punishment we deserved for our sin—our punishment in death. He then made it possible to receive what only He deserved—eternal life (Romans 5:6-11).
- He came to destroy and undo the works of the evil one (1 John 3:8).
- He came to make an open display of the foolishness of the devil and reveal the wisdom of the cross (Col. 2:15).
- He came that we might have an abundant life (John 10:10).
- He came to initiate a present-tense awareness of the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10).
- He came to save men’s lives, not destroy them (Luke 9:56).
Easy to miss the PRIMARY reason for His coming—HE CAME TO REVEAL THE FATHER.
The above points on this list are only sub-points to the MAIN POINT
Jesus’ Primary Assignment
He came to set our focus on the Father…REPRESENT AND CORRECT MIS-REPRESENTATION
Everything we love and admire about Jesus is an exact calculated manifestation of the Father.
Jesus came to a planet of orphans to reveal what we needed most—a Father.
Jesus came to put a face to the Name.
Jesus is having a moment with the disciples. He speaks of a destination of WHERE is about to go by way of death. He is going back to the place He came from—to Jesus, His destination is THE FATHER.
John 14:6-8 (TPT)
6 Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too. 7 And from now on you will realize that you have seen him and experienced him.”
8 Philip spoke up, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be all that we need!”
To Jesus, eternal life is not a place to go to when you die. It is the Father.
John 14:9-10 (TPT)
9 Jesus replied, “Philip, I’ve been with you all this time and you still don’t know who I am? How could you ask me to show you the Father, for anyone who has looked at me has seen the Father. 10 Don’t you believe that the Father is living in me and that I am living in the Father? Even my words are not my own but come from my Father, for he lives in me and performs his miracles of power through me.
He only spoke what the Father spoke (John 12:49-50)
He only did what He saw the Father do (John 5:19)
John 17:4-6 (TPT)
4 I have glorified you on the earth
by faithfully doing everything you’ve told me to do.
5 So my Father, restore me back to the glory that we shared together when we were face-to-face before the universe was created.”
6 “Father, I have manifested who you really are and I have revealed you to the men and women that you gave to me. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have fastened your Word firmly to their hearts.
Jesus is the exact representation of the Father—His nature and His person.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (TPT)
Jesus, the Language of God
1 Throughout our history God has spoken to our ancestors by his prophets in many different ways. The revelation he gave them was only a fragment at a time, building one truth upon another. 2 But to us living in these last days, God now speaks to us openly in the language of a Son, the appointed Heir of everything, for through him God created the panorama of all things and all time.
3 The Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One.
When you see Jesus you SEE the Father…with the disciples, the Roman, the leper, the adulterer, the blind, the enemy
Jesus promised to send “another” (exact image of His nature and His person)
John 14:16-18 (ESV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Romans 8:14-17 (TPT)
14 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” (spirit of adoption) enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”
17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own.
Our Assignment: Put a face to the Name
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (TPT)
14 God always makes his grace visible in Christ, who includes us as partners of his endless triumph. Through our yielded lives he spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere we go. 15 We have become the unmistakable aroma of the victory of the Anointed One to God —a perfume of life to those being saved and the odor of death to those who are perishing. 16 The unbelievers smell a deadly stench that leads to death, but believers smell the life-giving aroma that leads to abundant life. And who of us can rise to this challenge?