Every Nation – Matthew 8:10-11

“When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, ‘Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 8:10-11

Witnessing the faith of a Roman centurion, who trusted that Jesus could heal his servant with a mere word, Jesus gives a glimpse of the Father’s will in His coming. His will is not only to save the Jews—it is to save the world, bringing many from the east and west to recline at His table in heaven.

How thankful I am, that God reaches out to all those who are His, not limiting His grace and salvation based on nationalities, family history, or our own efforts of righteousness.

“And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified…And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’” (John 12:23, 32)

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Acts 2:38-39)

“Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh…were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-13)

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you ransomed people for God, from every tribe and language and people and nation’” (Revelation 5:9)

What a beautiful picture is brought to mind with this verse in Revelation. The whole assembly of the people of God—all those ransomed by the blood of Christ—praising Him with one voice, together with the angels and all of creation.

I don’t know what the reality of this will look like, what God has planned for our glorified bodies and His design for our eternal worship of Him. But how beautiful it will be if we still show the combination of skin colors and nationalities, and if our praise continues in our various tongues—each understanding the other, but lifting up glorious praise in all the languages of earth.

The grace of our God reaches so far. Covering the whole earth. Every nation, every tribe. Determining to save each of His own. Losing not even one of them. In all the coming ages—all the ages of eternity—showing the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

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