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.
So, we celebrate His coming and we celebrate the mission for which He came.
Christ came on a mission—to model a life as it’s meant to be lived, to pay the penalty for sin of all people, to offer salvation and right relationship with the Holy God, now possible for every person who will believe. He became a model of God’s unconditional love. He died to conquer death, to be raised to life—so that we can enjoy the fullness of life today and forever.
We celebrate because with Jesus, it was mission accomplished!
But Jesus left an assignment. A Great Commission for all His disciples—now and then, here and there—to go and make disciples of every nation, of every tribe and people and language.
It’s a huge task He entrusted to us! Today, over 2.3 billion people in the world have never heard the Good News of Jesus in a way that they can understand and respond. That’s about 30% of the world’s population!
In fact, there are 17 countries in the world where followers of Jesus Christ make up less than 1% of the population. And there are 40 countries in which at least half the population is still considered unreached!
It’s in those places that Global Disciples is focusing our efforts, helping to make it possible for nearby churches to go and to make disciples who will multiply Christ-like disciples and new fellowships of believers.
The good news is that more people are coming to Christ today than in any previous generation.
In Revelation 7, verses 9-10, we see “a multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” gathered to worship and praise Christ the Lamb. People from every nation—from all tribes. One day, all the least-reached people will be represented in the eternal presence of God.
That’s good news! Now you and I have our part to do as we carry out the mission Jesus gave us. And I’m confident that it will be accomplished!