By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
A. We learn from Jeremiah 29:11 that God’s vision for His people was focused, that it was for their good and it involved a future hope.
B. Philippians 2:5-11 reveals how God accomplished this vision for future generations.
C. Hebrews 1:1-4 shows where God’s vision placed Jesus.
D. We also see the that vision of Jesus, is like His Father’s. (John 10:30)
E. Jesus was focused, He wants what is best for us and He is all about our future.
I. The focus of Jesus.
A. He came to do God’s will. (Hebrews 10:5-10; John 6:38)
1. He fulfilled God’s will through obedience. (Philippians 2:8)
2. Obedience demonstrates love. (1 John 2:5)
3. His obedience makes us righteous. (Romans 5:19)
4. His obedience required suffering. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
B. He came to fulfill the Law. (Matthew 5:17-18)
1. Jesus defines the world’s hatred of him as hatred of, “both Me and My Father” and then states that even this is a fulfillment of what is written. (John 15:25)
2. The “handwriting of ordinances” were nailed to His cross. (Colossians 2:14)
3. He took away the first that He could establish the second. (Hebrews 10:9)
4. Even so we are still under law – (“bear ye one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2)
C. He came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:9)
1. He accomplished this through preaching and teaching.
a. In the beginning of His ministry in Galilee, preaching the gospel, is stated as part of His purpose. (Luke 4:18)
b. Matthew 4:17 states that Jesus began to preach repentance.
2. He accomplished this through talking with sinners. (Luke 19:9; Luke 15)
II. Jesus wants what is best for us.
A. Because of His love. (Ephesians 5:2)
B. Because He is a friend. (John 15:13)
III. Jesus is definitely looking to the future.
A. John 14
Jesus, like His Father, is focused on all things for our good to enable us to have an eternal home in heaven.