“And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.” ( Joshua 2:1)
As I recently read these sentences once again, my initial thought was ‘on a mission’ – these two men were on a mission. A mission to view the land as Joshua had commanded them. And they came back with their report. “Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.” But they found more than a land prepared for their conquest; they found a woman whose heart was soft toward the Lord and His people. She risked her own life for them for she believed – “for the Lord your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Her belief spared her from the upcoming judgment.
In the same instant that the words ‘on a mission’ entered my thoughts, I reflected on another mission.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
This week we enter into that time of year of reflecting on the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. This holiest of weeks is a time when the Gospel message is foremost in our minds – “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Yet the Gospel message is one that should permeate our entire beings and cause us to live our lives on mission.
“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)