January 10, 2019
Aner Morejon – Bishop, Southeast Conference
Bible meditation: Acts 12:25-16:5 (spread of the gospel, Asia Minor)
Recently, an article in Google caught my attention, its title “The Least Known Countries in the World.” My curiosity piqued, I read the article and was astonished to discover I’d never heard of the countries listed. Even though I was unaware of these countries’ existence, God knows them.
In Isaiah’s prophecy, we find God’s stated mission to seek all people, often from places considered forgotten, to reconcile them to himself: “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). Jesus echoes these words when he asks his disciples to be witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).
When the gospel enters Asia Minor through Paul and Barnabas, they find opposition from a group of Jews who contradict and curse them. Directly quoting Isaiah’s prophecy mentioned above, the disciples then tell the Jews that, because they rejected the gospel of eternal life, they will go and preach the gospel to the Gentiles and to the ends of the earth (Acts 13:47).
Most of us were not born in Israel, nor in the countries of Asia Minor, so we are the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. Our knowledge of Jesus Christ is the fruit of brave and obedient men and women who have preached the gospel of salvation, even at the cost of their own lives.
As we begin this new year, we may ask ourselves: Are we intentionally contributing so this gospel of grace continues to expand to the ends of the earth?
Father, thank you for giving us the gift of eternal life. We understand that we must give freely what we have received freely. We know that there are still places that have not received the gospel, and we want to be instruments in your hands. Amen.