Multi-cultural Emphasis Month – Day 28, 2018

March 28
Mr. Tyler Harangozo

Isaiah 49:5–6
“And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring
Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the
eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says: ‘It is too light a thing
that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the
preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may
reach to the end of the earth.’”

These words, addressed to Christ, foretold how his messianic role would encompass
much more than was commonly understood at the time—the restoration he would
bring was not only for the Jews, but would extend salvation to people “from every
nation, from all tribes, peoples, and languages” (Revelation 7:5). While Christ’s earthly
ministry was mostly limited to the geographic area occupied by the Jews, the fulfillment
of the greater part of God’s promise in Isaiah 49:6 has been entrusted to us—the
Church, his body—serving as the “light for the nations” and spreading the good news of
salvation to the end of the earth.

When the apostle Paul quoted this prophecy of Isaiah to explain his own purpose (Acts
13:49), he was on one of his missionary journeys; countless similar journeys have
brought the light of the gospel to nations all over the world in the centuries since. In our
day, however, we the church in Canada and the United States have a unique
opportunity: God has brought the nations from the ends of the earth to us! Besides the
many temporal benefits of a constant stream of newcomers to our countries and cities,
we have the blessing of being able to minister the gospel to those from every nation,
tribe, people, and language right in our midst. As our churches fill with these whom
Christ died to save, may we always remember Christ’s glorious calling to be the light to
the nations—here and to the very end of the earth.

Questions for Further Study
1. What does today’s passage teach us about the character of God?
2. What are some other passages of Scripture that also teach us this?
3. How does today’s passage and devotion lead you to pray? How does it lead you
to act?