Editor’s Note: Below is a transcript of a message, posted to You Tube on July 31, from president of the Adventist Church, Ted N.C. Wilson. Elder Wilson will release a new video each week, during the Coronavirus pandemic, which you can view here.
Greetings, Friends! It’s good to be together once again as we look at important topics from the Bible.
Today we will look at an especially important question—What is the very important mission God has called us, as His Church, to carry out during these distressing and tumultuous end-times?
You see, I believe Seventh-day Adventists have been called for a special work—to lift up Christ and His Word, His righteousness, His sanctuary message, His health message, His saving power in the gospel, His Three Angels’ messages, and His soon coming.
We are to assist in the work of the Holy Spirit, pointing people to the cross of Christ and His intercession for us in the Most Holy Place in the heavenly sanctuary.
And we are to do this in a very practical, spiritual way as Jesus did—touching people’s lives directly.
In Luke, chapter 4, beginning in verse 16, we see Jesus worshipping at the synagogue in Nazareth. He is asked to read from the Scriptures and is handed the scroll of Isaiah. Opening the book, He read: [Read Isaiah 61:1,2a].
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to [a]heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
Clearly, Christ identifies Himself as the “Anointed One,” the Messiah, and outlines His mission.
Commenting on this passage, the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary states—“The gospel of Jesus means relief for the poor, light for the ignorant, alleviation of distress for the suffering, and emancipation for the slaves of sin.”