Gospel Reaches All Nations (Mt. 24:14)

By James M. Rochford

Jesus claimed that his message of love and forgiveness would reach the entire world. Toward the end of his career, he told his scanty group of disciples, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt. 24:14). Just imagine if you were standing there when Jesus said this! Days later, the military strung up and butchered Jesus like an animal on a Roman Cross, and the movement seemed defeated. However, over the last two millennia, Jesus’ message of love and forgiveness has reached millions and even billions of people.

Before Jesus even lived, Isaiah wrote, “The coastlands will wait expectantly for His law” (Isa. 42:4), and elsewhere he writes, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Is. 49:6). Today we are seeing these predictions coming to fruition.

Roughly seven billion people fill the Earth today. According to the United States Center for World Mission (USCWM), the message of Christ has reached roughly four billion of these people (4.06).[1] That is roughly 59% of the world—or close to two out of three people on Earth. With the rise of mission services and globalization, we can expect to see these unreached groups reached in the near future.

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[1] The Joshua Project is a ministry of the United States Center for World Missions. Joshua Project “Great Commission Statistics.” http://www.joshuaproject.net/great-commission-statistics.php.