One of the most fascinating studies in Scripture is noting how God uses pagan rulers to further His work and proclaim His plan. In my devotions, I have noted how God used Cyrus king of Persia and Artaxerxes king of Babylon to bring God’s people back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple.
Caiaphas the high priest answers the complaint of the Pharisees that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and they were afraid that “everyone will believe in Him and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nations…but…he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:48, 51-52). How profound! This high priest was confirming that Jesus had “other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they listen to My voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (10:16). Those other “sheep” were the Gentiles; “the children of God who are scattered abroad”.
Jesus will have one flock, one Bride, one Church, and they will come from every people group on earth! “The gospel must be proclaimed to all nations (ethnos or people groups)” (Mark 13:11). We must make sure that our individual and collective ambitions support this divine objective.
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