Jesus was sent. God came near. Emmanuel. He was a living Word. A letter of sorts. The best picture of God we will ever get. And His message was a declaration to all the world – God thinks you are worth dying for.
The prophet Jeremiah said that God was going to write His love on the hearts of His people. The missionary Paul wrote that Christ wrote His message not on stone tablets but into human lives. The Messiah Jesus commanded that we live sent as He was sent to us. Loving as He loved us. And so we are His letter of love, both living loved and giving love.
Kind of like how an email is never composed just to sit saved in the draft box of our email but rather in the sent box, so Jesus intends His church to do more than sit saved at a gathering.
He never intended that we just go to church. He wants us to be the church.
Jesus intended that we LIVE SENT.