Monday Aug, 10
The Desire of Ages
Jesus Christ is Lord of both the church and the world. His coming is a fulfillment of the Old Testament expectations of a saved community that would extend far beyond the Jewish people. The coming of Jesus, especially His suffering and resurrection, ushered in a new age in which the distinction between Jew and Gentile, as far as the gospel in concerned, disappeared. Jerusalem would remain the center, at least for a while. However, the point of departure was no longer Herod’s temple in Jerusalem but the Jews converted to Chris; they had become the living temple. These Christian Jews would then be the true “remnant” of Israel.
This announcement of the worldwide, universal mission of Christ as Savior of all nations was repeated at His birth, during His childhood, and at His baptism.
What do the following texts teach about the universal mission of Jesus to the world?
Luke 2: 8-14
Luke 2: 25-33
Luke 3: 3-6
John 1: 29
No question, Jesus came as the Savior for all humanity. What does this truth mean for us in the context of mission?
“The missionary spirit needs to be revived in our churches. Every member of the church should study hoe to help forward the work of God, both in home missions and in foreign countries. Scarcely a thousand part of the work is being done that ought to be done in missionary fields. God calls upon His workers to annex new territory for Him. These are rich fields of toil waiting for the faithful worker.” – Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, p. 29.