In John’s gospel we see Jesus constantly referring to himself as the “sent One.” In his appearance to his disciples gathered in a locked room the evening of resurrection day, Jesus said to them, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you (John 20:21).”
This emphasis on being sent is one fact that gave the disciples courage to go out into the world with the gospel. Of course the coming of Holy Spirit on them in fullness and power at Pentecost made them bold.
Now what are some of the elements that we need to note about being sent? Again, the more important question is, “Do you have that conviction of being sent?”
Being sent means you are sent on a mission. Jesus was sent to this world by God the Father to sacrifice his blood on the cross and open the way for forgiveness of sins.
When Jesus is sending you, it is for the purpose of telling others that the one sacrifice for sins has been accomplished. Yes, go and tell about the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Being sent means you are under authority. Jesus came in his Father’s authority. And now he is sending you and me after proclaiming, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go… (Matthew 28:18, 19a).
It is your understanding that you are under authority that will give you the humility to seek guidance on decisions from God and also the boldness to witness to Jesus. Paul used the term “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Cor. 5:20) because you bear his authority.
Being sent means that you are now motivated by a sense of purpose in life. It means that you will sharply focus like Paul on forgetting those things that are behind, both good and bad, both success and failures, to press forward towards the goal (Philippians 3:12–14).
In today’s world, so much valuable and precious time is being wasted on social media and idle gossip with friends. My friend, when you are gripped by the thought of being sent you will cut yourself off from unworthy distractions in life.
We all tend obey traffic police man irrespective of his height, weight, skin color, age or educational qualifications because he is “under authority.”—sent by the government department. Jesus was under authority. Each one of us who believes in Jesus Christ is under authority too.