Bible Story of the Day
Scripture is the story of Jesus, from Genesis to Revelation. There are over 400 prophecies and representations of Jesus in the Old Testament alone. The Old Testament pointed forward to the coming Christ, and the New Testament points back to Jesus. The Bible is a record of redemption through Jesus Christ who conquered sin and death when He died on the cross and resurrected three days later. The New Testament was written almost 2000 years ago. Some of the Old Testament was written over 4000 years ago. The Bible Story of the Day not only shows Jesus throughout scripture but shows how scripture is relevant to our lives today. Seeing Jesus in scripture is a major step into understanding who our God is, and how He impacts and affects our lives in every moment. I pray that the Holy Spirit opens your mind to understanding the verses and how they affect your life and gives you a better understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. I will post a link to the chapter that each passage is from, so that you can read further on your own.
He says, “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.” (NASB).
Where is Jesus and What Does This Mean to Us?
This is a beautiful verse. This verse shows God’s heart long before Jesus came to provide salvation to all people. God is speaking to Isaiah in this verse telling him of when Jesus comes. Jesus will be the light-bearer to all nations in offering salvation. The order in which this will occur is first with the Israelites, which are the physical descendants of Jacob, renamed Israel by God. Jesus will then make the same salvation available to the Gentiles, which consisted of everyone other than the nation of Israel. The final proclamation is that every person to the end of the earth would hear and receive salvation from Jesus. This last verse parallels Acts 1:8, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (NASB).
There are many people to this day that believe God only cared about the Jewish people in the Old Testament and was not interested in reaching the Gentiles. This is completely false. We are all God’s children. We are all made in His image. He chose a certain group of people, the descendants of Jacob, to be His chosen people. They were not chosen so that they could sit around and have the Gentiles serve them and bow to them. They were chosen to be the messengers of God and spread His word to everyone. If you believe this or have questioned this line of thinking, I challenge you to ask yourself why God would be planning on bringing the Gentiles into the fold 600 years before Jesus came to offer everyone salvation? God wants to save all people, but He is going to wait 600 years or longer before starting? That doesn’t fit His actions in any other instance in scripture. God has constantly been pursuing us; ever since He found Adam and Eve hiding in the garden, full of shame.
What does this mean to us? It means God’s plan was for everyone to receive salvation. He has been working for thousands of years to fulfill this plan. God has perfect timing and has immeasurable patience. He sent Jesus to the descendants of Jacob first, because that was His promise to them and He wanted to get them back on track. Everything has an order of operation and that is how He chose to do it. Even if the Jews would have received Jesus, the message of salvation still would have been delivered to the Gentiles. We are not God’s consolation prize. We are not second-rate citizens in God’s Kingdom. We are His children made in His image. You are special. You matter. God loves you and gave up His only son for you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or who you think you are, right now the God of this world wants a relationship with you because you are that important to Him. Do not let anyone tell you that you are anything less. They are lies from the enemy. We are the children of a King.
- Is 49 NASB - Salvation Reaches to the End of the - Bible Gateway
Salvation Reaches to the End of the Earth - Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From