Christmas is about more than babies and mangers, shepherds, stars, and wise men. It’s about mission! A mission you and I are charged to accomplish, as Galen explains with this Global Story…
Welcome to “The Global Story,” a weekly glimpse into how God is at work through the global Body of Christ. This is Galen from Global Disciples.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God coming to earth as a baby born in a manger. Light and Life entering and transforming a world of darkness and death. We also celebrate mission.
Christ came on a mission—to pay the penalty for the sins of all man, to make salvation and a right relationship with the Holy God possible for every person who believes. He came to die, to conquer death, to be raised to life – so that we can enjoy new life today, and eternal life forever. And with Jesus, it was mission accomplished!
However, Jesus left an assignment, a Great Commission, for all His disciples—then and now—to go and make disciples of every nation, of every tribe and people and language.
What a huge mission! Right now, just over 2 billion people in the world don’t know the Good News of Jesus. That’s nearly 30% of the global population! About 4-thousand, 4-hundred people groups have little to no witness to Jesus Christ. And we’re not talking about a few hundred people scattered here and there. Many of these groups number in the millions! Did you know there are 17 countries in the world where Christians make up less than 1% of the population? And in 40 countries at least half the population have never heard the Gospel of Jesus!
With numbers like that – the mission sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But I have good news for you…it’s not only possible, it WILL be accomplished. In Revelation 7, verses 9-10, we see a promised future where “a multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” are gathered to worship and praise Christ the Lamb. People from every nation – from all tribes. It’s very clear that one day, even the least of the least-reached peoples will be represented in the eternal presence of God.
That’s good news! So you and I have our part. And today we carry on with our mission, confident it will be accomplished!