Wednesday Aug, 12
Mission to the Gentiles
Although Jesus spent the major part of His time among the Jews, serving them in their cultural context, He made clear in His teaching and ministry that His mission was universal. The gospel should be preached to the nations, with Israel as the initial bas. The salvation of the Gentiles is part of God’s plan. It was embodied in Jesus’ teaching.
How do the following of Jesus indicate mission to non-Jewish people?
Matt. 5:13, 14
Despite the fact that Jesus ministered mainly among the Jews, there’s no question that from the very start His mission was for the whole world. Right at His baptism, John the Baptist said it clearly; “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NKJV). The word world (Greek cosmos) occurs about one hundred times in the Gospels. About half of these refer to the worldwide scope of Jesus as the Redeemer.
In the parable Jesus told in Luke 14:16-24, those invited made all sorts of excuses for not coming. Read those excuses again. On one level, non appeared unreasonable, did they? What important lesson should we take from this for ourselves?