November 6

All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. Psalm 86:9 

This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 

Jesus disciples have asked him a question that many people wonder about. When will the “end of the age” happen? Will the world end and when is that supposed to occur? Plus, it would be really nice if we could have some sort of sign, so we would know it was coming and could be sure and be ready. This is apparently a private conversation between Jesus and His disciples. They have left the temple and are now at the Mount of Olives and the questions are asked. Jesus tells them a number of things that might happen – and if we look at the lives of the disciples, many of them did happen. There would be deceivers, false Christs, persecution, and death. Probably not what they would be looking forward to as part of following Jesus. He then tells them that the end will come once the gospel reaches the whole world; when all the nations have heard a testimony. 

When these words were spoken, the “whole world” was a bit smaller then we might think of today. It would encompass the Roman Empire, and lands surrounding Israel. There was no thought of going to the far southern reaches of Africa, or to what we call China. Plus, there was no knowledge of a few more continents; North and South America were not even known. So the disciples focus would be on spreading the Gospel throughout their world – the Roman Empire. They had no planes or trains or cars, they had to either walk, or ride an animal if they had one. And travel they did. Disciples went throughout the Mediterranean countries, northern Africa, and Thomas is said to have made it to the Kerala province of India. And, they were persecuted, some put to death, and an end did come as the temple in Jerusalem fell. 

Today we have the same mission to carry on. It is our turn to carry the good news of the kingdom to the whole world. That can be to our next door neighbor, our surrounding area or to any point in the world. We can share our testimony to let others know of the wonderful Good News of Jesus Christ, our savior, and God’ 

Lord God, since the word became flesh your gospel has spread throughout the world. As we await your return, we shout your praises in jubilant times and bow in silence in reverent times. Help us bow today to your saving grace and spread the Good News wherever we can. Your name shall be glorified to all the nations! Amen. 

Chris Gabel