Scott searched Scripture and found 11 primary missions: missions that tell us why Jesus came. They include: to testify about the truth and to do His Father's will. The 16 tactical or supporting missions include: to perfectly fulfill the law, to heal the blind and to raise Himself from the dead. Jesus' mission could only be performed by Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. If he failed, we all would die in our sins. Reading about these missions will overwhelm you with gratitude toward the God who initiated these missions on your behalf.
I especially liked Part 3, which Scott begins by stating, "You can't follow Jesus if you are not sure about who He is." Scott then has a word for our world today: Jesus was not a socialist (or Santa Claus or anything else we decide we'd like him to be.) He cites the parable of the vineyard owner (Matt. 20:1-15,) the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) and the story of the servant in Luke 17:7-10. Jesus will not accept the labels we place on Him to fit our own agendas. He knows His mission and He knows our mission. We need to be doing our part of the Jesus mission instead of twisting Jesus into an image we find more to our liking. In light of all He accomplished for us, how can we refuse the mission He has given us?
I received a review copy of this book for free from Waterbrook-Multonomah publishers. You can find it at Lifeway.
The Jesus Mission by Steven Scott (Ch. 1 excerpt)