June 12

I will send survivors to the nations . . . that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. Isaiah 66:19 

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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. Matthew. 28:18-20

This past Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the birth of the church. We celebrate the Holy Spirit coming to the disciples as they saw tongues of fire on their heads. When it happened to the disciples, they could speak other languages and understand them. They could tell the story of Jesus birth, death and resurrection to all the people from many lands gathered in Jerusalem.

We don’t get to see tongues of flame on our heads, might be a little scary if we did. But we do have the same Holy Spirit with us to help us in spreading the word about the glory of God. Isaiah 66 is the last chapter of the book of Isiah, and deals with those who obeyed God and those who did not. Those who are among God’s people are those that will be sent out to all the nations. They will go to all those that have not seen or heard the message, and they will declare the glory of God. Just think those who do not know about the wonders God has done, will learn about the glory of God. What is this glory?  The term usually indicates God’s deliverance of His people. It indicates His salvation coming through Jesus birth, death, and resurrection, to all people everywhere.

To all people everywhere. Isaiah 66:18 says that God will gather all nations and tongues, and they will come and see his glory.  All nations, all people no matter where they were born, where they live and what language they speak. As Jesus returned to heaven he left the disciples with a message. They are to go to all nations, baptize them in the name of the triune God, and teach them all about obeying God’s commandments.

Dear Lord, we want to boldly share the good news of Jesus, but we are too often sidetracked by the details of daily life. As your love finds paths into our hardened hearts, make of us vessels fit to carry your life-giving message to a longing world. Speak your authoritative word into our lives today, God, so that we are filled with your Spirit and ready to speak your message of hope to family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Amen 

Chris Gabel