The mission of Christ was the redemption of the world. All of the work of Jesus Christ to redeem me a lost and condemned creature, to purchase and win me from sin death and the power of the devil, is explained in his own words to those frightened rejected disciples who met him on the road to Emmaus and who meet Him We have heard that marvelous Easter story so often but it is good to remember that they met Him on the road. He opens the Bible to them and shows them that everything in the Law and the Prophets had to do with Him and His mission to forgive sins. He pretends to leave them and they utter those marvelous words; “abide with us fast falls the eventide”. Inside the house, in the breaking of bread at supper they recognize Him and He meets them again with the other disciples back in Jerusalem and says, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead on the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.…” Luke 24:47.
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 42 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches' mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ's love compels us, constrains us, and sends us forth.