Divine: "Of, from, or like God or a god."
Mission: "A specific task with which a person or group is charged."
The Savior has a divine mission, a specific task that He was foreordained to complete. That divine mission has many aspects to it, but everything comes back to the fact that He is our Savior and Redeemer. He atoned for our sins, weaknesses, infirmities, and everything else that seems unfair about this life. He died on the cross and was resurrected and because of those two selfless and courageous acts, He made it possible for us to return to live with Him, our Heavenly Parents, and our own families forever.
As I have studied in the New Testament over the last few weeks, I have marked the different aspects of the Savior's divine mission that have stood out to me and I would like to share a couple of them with you on this Sabbath day.
He came to heal us from sin.
Matthew 9:13 "But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
Luke 5:31-32 "...They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
He came to save that which was lost.
John 10:11, 14, 16, 27-28 "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep...I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine...And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd...My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish..."
Mark 6:34 "And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."
Matthew 15:24 "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
I love this quote from President Dallin H. Oaks, a modern-day Apostle of the Lord:
"The Lord loves all of His children. He desires that all have the fulness of His truth and the abundance of His blessings. He knows when they are ready, and He wants us to hear and heed His directions on sharing His gospel. When we do so, those who are prepared will respond to the message of Him who said, 'My sheep hear my voice...and they follow me'" ("Sharing the Gospel", Ensign, Nov. 2001, 9).
One question I have asked myself this week and now pose to you, whomever you are, who may be reading this post...
What can I do to recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd and heed Him when He calls to me?
I have discovered that the one sure way to recognize the voice of the Savior is to choose to follow His teachings. When you do His will, you will come to know His doctrine (John 7:17). Yes, you will have questions and concerns because you are only able to look at things and understand them with your imperfect, mortal heart and brain.