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The purpose of Jesus’ first coming was to save His creation from death and to restore us back to Himself in perfect harmony. He came for the lost, that they would be given new life and be found in Him. It was His deep compassion and love that led Him to surrendering Himself to death, not only that, but death on the cross. The understanding that we as sinful people would live in isolation from Him forever unless He died is what led Him to give Himself as the perfect sacrifice. It is essential for us to feel that same longing and burden to reach those who have never heard. We cannot fulfill the Great Commission without a burden for the Lost. It is imperative for believers to feel burdened for those who are living apart from God.

“I am speaking the truth in Christ- I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit- that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.”

The love of God should compel us to have a burden that leads to action. We should have great joy in Christ and the salvation He has given us. We should stand in awe of His great love, and from that love may we joyfully obey the commission He has given us as ambassadors, and may that commissioning be one that is covered in compassion and love for the lost.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15

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