From the Edges to the Center

Middle East Journal Entry, Day 2 (September 22)

From Psalm 87: “He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
    more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

Glorious things are said of you,
    city of God . . . 
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music they will sing,
    “All my fountains are in you.”

As I was traveling in the Middle East, I felt the gravity of being so close to the center of God’s purposes for the nations. It struck me that the gospel began in Jerusalem and has traveled out from that point, so that the geographical spread of the church is now focused around the “edges” of the earth from Jerusalem: the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and the North. Most of the unreached areas of the earth are now in a band around the center. What does it look like for the gospel to go back from the edges of the earth to the center, until all the nations (people groups) of the earth have heard the good news and representatives of all these peoples praise Jesus in Jerusalem?

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