Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spreading the Gospel

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:16-20

Let’s look today at verse 19 where Jesus said that we should go to all the nations and make disciples. The English word translates into “nations” is actually the Greek word “ethane.” It’s where we get the word “ethnic” from. So, we are supposed to go to all the ethnic groups and share the Gospel. 

For my family, following this passage has meant moving to India.  In some ways India is a very cosmopolitan place, but in the smaller, more backward parts of the country, they’ve never seen outsiders at all.  I’ve been to several villages in which they’ve told me that I was the first white person to ever come their village, ever. 

I took my wife and 3 kids to one of these small villages one sunny spring day.  My kids wanted to visit one of my friends there who raises goats and they had six brand new baby goats.  These baby goats jumped on top of everything and my kids had a good time picking them up and holding them, as well as chasing them around the courtyard.  We made quite a stir that day in the village, being a family of white people.  One of the villagers asked my friend in Punjabi, “Oh, so white people have children too?” To which, with a big smile, my friend replied, “No, over there the children just fall from the sky.”  At this, the villagers realized how silly the question was and we all had a good laugh. 

Going to the nations doesn’t have to be across the world, however.  It often is as easy as going across the street. 

Lord, I pray that you would send workers to the remaining unengaged, unreached people groups and that they would hear the Gospel soon.

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