But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.
Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith. I Thessalonians 2:17-18, 3:1-2 ESV
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:19-24 ESV
At the time that the United States declared its independence from England and war broke out between the two countries, the United States sent Benjamin Franklin to France as an ambassador. His job was to win the friendship of the French so that they would help the United States in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin Franklin was an excellent ambassador. He took the time to get to know and understand the French people and to win their trust. He learned their language and did an excellent job at persuading them to give their help to the United States, and the French sent a lot of money as well as soldiers to help in the fight. Without France, the United States probably wouldn’t have won its war for independence.
Paul sent an ambassador for himself to the Thessalonians. He wanted to go and visit and help the young church with its questions and problems, but Satan worked through different situations that kept getting in his way and keeping him from going to Thessalonica. Finally Paul couldn’t stand it any longer. He stayed in Athens by himself and sent Timothy in his place to help the Thessalonians. Timothy was like a son to Paul. Paul knew he could trust Timothy to love and help the Thessalonians and teach them and be an example to them. Timothy went and did the work that Paul wanted to do, and sent a report back so that Paul would know what was happening in the church and what issues needed his attention.
When we needed God’s help, he sent his own Son, Jesus, as an ambassador to us. Jesus came and spoke the words of God and did the work of God in this world. Listening to Jesus is listening to God, and seeing Jesus’ work is seeing the work of God. The greatest work that Jesus did was to die on the cross to bring us back to our Heavenly Father. Jesus died to take away all our sins, and because of him we don’t go our own way, but instead Jesus helps us to learn and follow God’s ways and to live as his children.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us to bring us back to you. In His Name, Amen.