John 3:16-17. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
How would Jesus minister in today’s society? What would He do in 21st Century Britain? Imagine it – no mangers in stables in this day and age but would He have been born in a rented flat to a young couple on benefits in Easterhouse? Or Lochgelly? But whatever His origins, would His ministry be any different? Personally, I don’t think so. He would still bring God’s core message. He would still fulfil the prophecy about Himself in Isaiah 61:1-2. His words and message would still upset the religious in our society. And probably the politicians as well! His parables and presence would bring misunderstanding; He would still be abused by those He loved. But here’s the thing – human nature has not changed from the days of Adam right through to today, because sin abounds. Jesus came to save the world, whatever the date, generation and culture. He would still bring salvation and redemption from sin. He would still heal the sick, raise the dead, set the captives free, and all with compassion for those in need.
As Christ’s disciples, as Christians, we have the ministry of fulfilling His legacy, bringing hope and love to a world oppressed by evil, confronting sin and making disciples. Let’s look for opportunities that will enable us to reveal Jesus to someone, showing His compassion and giving them His message of hope and love; bringing His light to overcome the enemy’s darkness and excesses.