For the Christmas season, I decided to read the tellings of Jesus’ birth in the two gospels they are mentioned in. I started with Matthew 1 last week. As I sat reading, I decided to look up a commentary (Enduring Word Commentary) on Matthew 1, in search of a meaning for a certain phrase I had read. As I began reading the commentary, the commentary began to talk of Matthew’s lifestyle, reason for writing his gospel, and so on.
As I was reading and taking notes from the commentary, suddenly a phrase caught my attention: “So the Gospel of Matthew is deeply rooted in Judaism, but at the same time is able to look beyond; it sees the gospel itself as more than a message for the Jewish people; rather it is a message for the world.”
This grabbed my attention because it reminded me of what the angel said in Luke 2:
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12
Did you catch that? “It will be for all the people.” This message of good news and Jesus is not just for the Jews or for the Greeks. The message of good news is for everyone, and this is still true to this day!
There are still so many people out there, friend, who still need to hear the good news of Jesus! The good news that Jesus came to earth as a baby, died, and rose again to rescue them from their eternal darkness and sin. Jesus died and rose again so they could be set free, forgiven, and have hope to live with Him for all eternity someday. Their lives do have meaning, value, and purpose; they do have a reason to live.
So often, I believe, we forget the mission field is not just in Africa, Europe, or in Mexico, but rather the mission field can be right in your own school, neighborhood, or workplace. Your mission field can be whatever and wherever you find yourself in the every day – the grocery store, the post office, or even a doctor’s office. God has placed you right where you are for a reason. Perhaps take some time today to look up and start asking God where He might be calling you to “proclaim” the good news. After all, it is not just for us. It’s for everyone (Matthew 28:19-20).