To All Nations…
The Gospel must be taken to all four corners of the globe:
When you hear of wars and reports of wars do not be alarmed; such things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes from place to place and there will be famines. These are the beginnings of the labor pains… But the gospel must first be preached to all nations. -Mark 13:7-8,10, NAB
Peter, James, John, and Andrew had asked Jesus when will they know the end is near in Mark 13:3-4. Jesus continues His description of the end times by telling us that there will be great wars, and more importantly, that the Gospel must be preached to all nations first.
In earlier verses, we have already discussed that we cannot predict when the end times will come, but because our current world reflects today’s verse, many feel that the time is now. What some don’t realize is that virtually every generation since Christ’s Resurrection has felt that way. We must stop focusing, then, on when the world will end and start focusing on the mission given to us in this verse – to spread the Gospel to all nations.
For 2000 years, Christians have done their best to continue spreading the Gospel. Missionaries have gone to every continent, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas, to bring the Gospel to the world. Now, through the invention of the Internet, that mission has been able to go even further and faster than ever before. This site alone has been seen in 193 different countries and territories. It is amazing to think about how great of an evangelistic tool the Internet has become.
Our work is not done. The poorest countries, especially the remote towns and villages, do not have the same access to technology as we do, so we must continue spreading the Gospel the old-fashioned way – through missionaries. While we sit back and debate our theological differences, missionaries are hard at work in the poorest parts of the world trying to share the love of Christ.
Let’s continue supporting the primary mission of the Church: spreading the Word of God to all nations. Whether we become missionaries ourselves, help spread the Gospel through the Internet, or simply support this work financially, we are helping to extend the reach of Christ’s Kingdom here on Earth. Our work is far from done.