Secret Agent Man

Sunday January 19th, 2020 The 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Jesus’ Suicide (Resurrection) Mission

Psalm 40:1-10, Isaiah 49:1-6, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3, John 1:29-34

In looking over today’s readings, Isaiah 49:2 caught my eye. Here Jesus is speaking about God’s method for Him to be our Savior: “He made my mouth like a sharpened sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.” Jesus was like God’s secret agent on a mission to save the world! Combining all the readings together, I came up with a scenario of what it might have looked like when He received His Mission Impossible assignment and carried it out.

In the Office of G.O.D.

“Father will see you now,” said Gabriel, buzzing in Agent Jesus, code name Son, into Father’s office at G.O.D. (goodness over destruction) headquarters.

“Sit down, Son,” said Father as He tossed a folder across His desk and landed it in front of the seat that was about to take. As Jesus opened it, Father continued. “Son, you have been with Us from the beginning. Your dedication and execution of your assignments have been nothing less than perfect.

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood. Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done and Your thoughts toward us. There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them they would be too numerous to count (Psalm 40:4-5).

That is why you are the only One for this mission. As you may have suspected, our efforts in the past were only a build up to the real show.

Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired. My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required (Psalm 40:6).

It’s time for us to make our move. We will, in one swift strike, forever end the powers of darkness, sin, and death…and not only for Israel, no sir, we will liberate the entire world!”

And now says the Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him. (For I am honored in the sight of the Lord and My God is My strength). He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel, I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.(Isaiah 49:5-6).

“It says here that I will become a human. I will have a mother?” He noted, surveying the mission.

“Yes, you will be inserted into mankind and grow up among them,” replied Father.

 Listen to Me, O islands and pay attention, you people from afar. The Lord called Me from the womb. From the body of My mother He named Me (Isaiah 49:1).

“At the proper time, we will have an agent in place who will baptize you and announce you to the world.

The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’ I did not recognize Him, but so that He might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.” John testified saying, “I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and He remained upon Him.  I did not recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, ‘He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the One who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.’ I myself have seen, and have testified that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34).

This is where you go on the offensive with the enemy. You will perform miracles, cast out demons, and raise the dead. Even though they will know you are there, they must never know why you are there.

We speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory. The wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

You will communicate to the masses only in code called: parables.

He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples (Mark 4:34).

You will maintain constant communications with this office by prayer. While you are there You will develop a twelve-man cell group of disciples who will duplicate your actions. Here are the men.” He tossed another file across the desk. “Only these men may know the meaning of your teachings. It may interest you to know that one of them is a mole for the other side. You are to treat him like the others. He will be the trigger in the most vital part of the operation…your death!

“It’s a suicide mission then,” He said, grasping the intensity of the assignment.

“It’s a resurrection mission!” Father corrected, “You will be the prototype of the new man. Once accomplished, nothing will be the same again in heaven or on earth and the purposes of our operation here will all be achieved. You must trust Me. Are you in?”

He said to Me, You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory.” (Isaiah 49:3).

“Yes,” answered Jesus, “Apparently, I will have been born for this.”

Then I said, “Behold, I come. In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God. Your Law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:7-8).

Field Mission: Earth

Father was well pleased with agent Son’s performance. As He approached the end, however, Jesus had doubts as to what He had really accomplished, but He trusted in Father and went on.

 I have said, “ I have toiled in vain. I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity. Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the Lord and My reward with My God.”(Isaiah 49:4).

  The traitor played his part. Jesus overcame His struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane and submitted to Father’s plan. He died on the cross. The trap was sprung. Agent Son descended into hell and waited.

 I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:1-2).

 After three days, He resurrected as the New Adam to the praise and glory of G.O.D.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord (Psalm 40:3).

 After forty days, He finished His work with the eleven Apostles and a small group of believers. They were left with instructions to wait in Jerusalem for further order. With His mission on Earth completed, He was extracted.

Epilogue

In heaven, Son gave an exhaustive breakdown of the mission in a press conference, with plenty of credit going to Father.

I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great congregation. Behold, I will not restrain my lips, O Lord, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart. I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth from the great congregation. (Psalm 40:9-10).

He is now sitting at Father’s right hand with a new assignment to intercede for His Church.

Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us (Romans 8:34).

On Earth, a surprise, as Saul the Pharisee, is recruited to become Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles.

Paul, called as an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother. To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:1-3).

He travels, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and planting churches of believers who are born again after the image of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For us today, I want to conclude with a quote from Hebrews 12:1-3:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Let’s take on our assignments: Spread the gospel. Make disciples. Baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He has given us everything that we need. He is with us always. Let’s finish the mission…it’s not impossible.

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