A Gospel for All Nations

Michael Wilcock

READ : Luke 24:36-52

All things . . . which were written . . . all nations. (vv. 44, 47, kjv)

As he completes his Gospel, Luke reiterates one more time where the good news comes from and where it is going to.

When on Easter Day the risen Christ speaks of “all things . . . written . . . concerning me,” he means the whole Old Testament, not just the bits that obviously refer to a coming Messiah. Everything in it converges on him.

To put it another way, the message comes out of the Hebrew world of Zechariah and Mary and Simeon and Anna, and nowhere else. To Israel belong the promises, from Israel comes the Messiah (Romans 9:1-5). No avoiding the Old Testament story, however much its presentation may be adapted for modern people.

Then, having come into focus in the events that the New Testament records and explains, the gospel message fans out across the world. Intended from the outset for “all the nations,” its early spread among them will be the theme of Luke’s second volume. But he has been showing us even before the death and resurrection of Jesus one incident after another that demonstrates the good news is for everyone.

All that Old Testament preparation, all this New Testament outreach: deep roots and wide vision—the kind of faith to which the risen Lord challenges us today.

PRAYER

Thank you for all that lies behind the resurrection story, and all that flows from it.