Besides arguments on who He was, many also debate what He exactly came to do. Some say dying on the cross and others say to demonstrate God's power. Others have no clue because it seems His ministry had so many facets for humanity to grasp.
Luke 4:18-19 presents us with the best overview of His ministry and also where we come in either as co-workers and/or beneficiaries.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me -1
to proclaim good news to the poor. -2
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives -3
and recovering of sight to the blind ,-4
to set at liberty those who are oppressed, -5
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” -6
a) Anointing – He would operate under the anointing of the Spirit
As co-workers with Christ, the success of our ministry which includes living holy lives as believers can only be possible if we walk in the annointing of the Holy Ghost.
b) Preaching – He preached the gospel to the lost. So should we.
We cannot claim to be followers of Jesus yet we fail to do what He did. Every believer ought to share the gospel with someone.
c) Liberating – those bound by sin and the devil.
All humanity was lost in sin. Unless one is led to the redeemer their eternity is just but hopeless.
d) Healing – the sick
One of His last promises to His followers was that signs and wonders shall follow us and that we shall perform miracles just like he had performed. This includes healing of the physically sick. It is the duty of believers to pray for the sick and believe for their healing. That did not end with the apostles.
e) Releasing – the demonically oppressed.
It is not lost to us that a lot of human suffering is tied to demonic oppression. It is the role of Christ's co-workers to release the demonically oppressed. This is not the same as being possessed (demons operating from inside them).
The oppressed are those who are continuosly receiving darts from the devil in various areas of their lives:-
f) Proclaiming – the time of the kingdom of God had come.
Besides all of the above, we must continually proclaim the coming of the Kingdom of God. That which came and that which will come.
It is our duty as believers to follow in Jesus' footsteps and fulfill what He set out for us to do.