URGENT: You Can Help Hurricane Florence Victims, Here's How...

Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< The Case for Christ

How Did Jesus Broaden His Ministry Beyond the Jewish Community? - The Case for Christ - Week of October 24

  • 2017 Oct 24

How Did Jesus Broaden His Ministry Beyond the Jewish Community?

Verse: Joel 2:28-32

In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was given to priests and other specific individuals (see Numbers 11:16–17). But Joel predicted that one day God’s Spirit would be given to all believers, regardless of position or status. Jesus fulfilled this prediction. Throughout Jesus’ life he appealed to the Jewish community as their prophesied Messiah, but he also rewarded the faith of those who were not members of God’s original “chosen people.”

Jesus taught that the second most important command is “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). He used the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25–37) to illustrate that fulfilling the intent of the law was more important than following the letter of the law. By using a non-Jew—the Samaritan, who followed the intent of the law better than did the priest or the Levite—Jesus showed that it was possible for Gentiles to know God’s law and follow it.

Not only could Gentiles follow God’s law, but they would also be rewarded for their faith. Jesus rewarded the Roman centurion (see Matthew 8:5–13), the Canaanite woman whose daughter needed healing (see Matthew 15:21–28) and the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4:1–26). Jesus widened the offer of salvation. His ministry was open to anyone who would receive it with faith, Jew or Gentile (see Luke 19:9–10; Galatians 3:26–29).

The apostles Peter and Paul quoted this prophecy of Joel 2:28–32 (see Acts 2:16–21; Romans 10:12–13), noting that Jesus Christ is the One who fulfilled it.

This devotion is from the NIV Case for Christ Study Bible by Zondervan. Used with permission.


Follow Crosswalk.com