“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:14)
As we have been looking into the book of Matthew, we have seen that Matthew splits the story of God’s salvation into four parts or time periods. The text from today exemplifies the scope of the gospel.
There are calls from many today in our postmodern world with the influence of religious pluralism to curtail evangelistic activities. Since this philosophy believes that all religions ultimately are expressing the same truth, people following this belief say, “why go and antagonize people by telling them that their religion is false?
A peek into one missionary’s story will help us see the reason why we must preach the gospel of the kingdom. It is the story of Don Richardson, who wrote of the account in the book, “Peace Child”. Upon arriving at the tribe he was to minister to, he discovered that the tribe practiced treachery as the highest good a person can achieve. They would spend years winning the trust of a person from an enemy tribe and when they had finally won their complete trust, they would tie them up and kill them. The look of betrayal on the face of the victim was the ultimate goal and prize.
When Don told them the story of Jesus, the tribe wasn’t at all impressed with Jesus, but was enthralled with Judas! How does the story of Jesus apply to a culture where Judas is the hero? They found the key in the tribes own culture, many were converted to Christ and they no longer practice treachery. So much for people being better off without the gospel.
Christians must preach the gospel of the kingdom to the whole world. Jesus words stand as a beacon to those who would follow him. Tomorrow, we will discuss the connection between preaching the gospel to the whole world and the end of the age.