18 Even as You sent Me into the world, I also sent them into the world.
No doubt all of us have been sent by someone else to do something, to run an errand. Perhaps our mothers may have sent us to the shop to buy something. I remember that when I was a child every Friday I was sent to the fish shop to buy the fish for dinner – haddock & plaice.
Jesus was also sent to carry out a task. He was on an errand for the Father. That task was to save sinners, and the world is full of sinners, and we all need saving from our sins. This is the task that Jesus was sent by the Father to do. It was a task that only He could do, and it was completed when He cried out from the cross: “It is finished”.
In His prayer Jesus said that He was also sending His disciples out into the world. The purpose of His calling them in the first place was so that He could make them to be fishers of men:
And Jesus said to them: ‘Come follow after Me and I will make you to become fishers of men’ – Mark 1.17. He spent the next three years training them so that He could send them out into the world to draw men and women to Himself. Their task, their errand for Jesus was to build His church through the preaching of His gospel.
Jesus calls everyone of us to certain tasks. He sends each one of us out into the world to run a specific errand for Him. It is that wherever we are our life proclaims the Lordship of Jesus.
The task that you and I are on for Jesus is that He might be seen in us so that others are attracted to Him.
All of us are the ‘ambassadors’ of Jesus. Paul said:
We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ Himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5.20.
You and I are called and sent by Jesus to be His ambassadors.