4 Things to be Thankful for at Thanksgiving and Every Day
John 10:10 - "I have come so that you might have life and have it to the fullest." We hear a lot in our world today about mission statements.  Many churches have their's posted at various locations throughout their facilities.  Hospitals usually have them close to the entrance where everyone can see them, as do coffee shops, retail stores, and even some restaurants.  Mission statements are everywhere and I fully believe that Jesus had mission statements as well.  There were things that defined His life, and things that He passionately pursued.  Jesus may have had more than 4 mission statements but I believe He had at least 4.  Here they are:      *I have come so that they might have life and have it to the fullest (that certainly doesn't mean that He will help us live "our best life now", but it does mean that He gives us joy)      *I have come to seek and save that which was lost      *I did not come to condemn the world but that the world through Me might be saved      *Come unto me all you who are weak and burdened and I will give you rest. Those are 4 beautiful statements are they? Beyond that they are 4 life changing statements.   They are transformational,  in fact so much so that they change the very mission of our lives don't they.  They are reason to rejoice and be extremely thankful.  Robert Murray M'Cheyne a Scottish minister in the 1800s rightfully said, "for every look at yourself take 10 looks at Jesus."  If we were to do that and if we really realized what Jesus' mission statements mean for us then we would live exceedingly thankful lives. Jesus says "I come so that they might have life and have it to the fullest."  What He is saying is that He came so that we might have joy in our lives.  Not the fleeting, fading joy of the world but real, true lasting joy.  God speaking through the psalmist says, "in my presence there is fullness of joy."  Jesus came so that we might enter into the presemce of God.  Without Jesus we are separated from God by our sins, we can't enter into His presence, which means we cannot experience full and complete joy.  But through Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross our sins are forgiven and now we can wnter into the presence of God.   Thanks to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross we can now experience true lasting joy. Jesus also said "He came to seek and save that which was lost."  That too is reason to be thankful.  Why? Because without Jesus we are lost.  In fact we are more than lost the Bible says we are dead, "dead in our trespasses and sins."  And being dead we can't save ourselves, we needed someone to search for us, someone to resurrect us, someone to give us life.  That someone is Jesus, He has come to seek and save that which was lost.  He came to find us and to save us.  Beyond that He came to give us life, to make us alive.  Again we should rejoice and be glad.  As Russell Moore said, "we should eat, drink and be merry for yesterday we were dead." Jesus gives us another mission statement in John3:17, "I came into the world not to condemn the world but to save the world."  There is reason to rejoice there isn't there? Paul shouts that wonderful truth in the book of Romans, "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  We all know there is a judgment coming, and here is the promise of God for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, we will not be condemn instead we will be saved.  No matter how many times I say that or hear that I never get tired of it because it is the most wonderful truth in the world.  Jesus the Son of God went to the cross and took the Father's condemnation and wrath in my place.  He was the propitiation for our sins.  Thanks be to God. Finally Jesus said, "come unto me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest."  It is an invitation but it is also a mission statement.  Jesus says I have come so that you might have rest.  Rest is something we all long for and it is something that we all need, yet it is something that escapes us doesn't it.  Rest is elusive,  even when we do experience it, it is only temporary and soon it is gone.  One day however if we are "in Christ" there will be rest. We will hear those words that we long to hear, "well done good and faithful servant enter into your rest." He prepares a place of rest just for us and He transforms us and makes us into those "good and faithful servants."  Hallelujah what a Savior.  His mission came directly from God the Father and that mission makes us children of the Father.  Jesus' mission gives us reason to rejoice each and every day of our lives.   To God be the glory!