The Gospels introduce us to the earthly ministry of Jesus. The story is familiar to all Christians. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He grew up in the ill-starred town of Nazareth, where He labored as an artisan. Around age thirty He was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist, and He began His ministry.
Interestingly, Jesus’ ministry lasted less than four years. He was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem, rose again from the dead three days later, and spent forty days on earth in His resurrected state. He then ascended into heaven, taking His seat at the right hand of God the Father.
In our book Jesus: A Theography, Leonard Sweet and I retold the incredible story of Jesus’ earthly ministry, using all the biblical material from Genesis to Revelation. We also discussed in some detail His preexistent state before creation and His promised second coming at the end of the age.
To my knowledge, few books have been dedicated to exploring the present-day ministry of Jesus. By “present-day ministry,” I’m referring to what Jesus has been doing from His ascension until His second coming.
Herein lies the aim of this book. It’s an exploration into the present-day ministry of Christ. And it seeks to answer the question, what is Jesus Christ doing right now, and how does His present-day ministry benefit me?
As we reflect back on the Lord’s earthly ministry, the following aspects stand out:
He preached the gospel of the kingdom.
He revealed His Father.
He healed the sick.
He performed miracles.
He cast out demons.
He fed the poor.
He befriended sinners.
He rebuked the religious.
He trained and sent disciples.
He went to the cross and dealt with the effects of the fall.
He rose again from the dead, ushering in the new creation and becoming Lord of the world.
The Lord then ascended into heaven to take His place of authority and power. Yet Jesus Christ isn’t sitting at the Father’s right hand passively waiting to return to planet Earth. No, He is still active today. And “the Man in the glory” has a very specific ministry.
Concerning His personality, plan, and purpose, Jesus is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Concerning His ministry, however, it has changed somewhat from “the days of His flesh” (Heb. 5:7).
In this book we will explore the different aspects of the present-day ministry of Christ. We will find out what Jesus is doing now and its relevance to you and me.
Yesterday in Hebrews 13:8 has in view Christ’s ministry before creation as well as His earthly ministry. Today has in view His present-day ministry. Forever has in view His ministry that moves into eternity.
Our focus in this book will be upon Jesus Christ’s ministry today. Or to put it succinctly, Jesus now.
This is an excerpt from Jesus Now by Frank Viola Author
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