devotional post #1,996
Luk 13:28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out.
Luk 13:29 Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God.
Luk 13:30 But indeed, some who are last now who will be first then, and some are first now who will be last then.”
The wider hope theory posits that Jesus must save some people apart from their understanding and acknowledgment of the gospel. Theologians suggest this because they cannot see God condemning so many who have never heard about Christ. Yet, this passage shows that God does care about the masses who have not. His solution to the problem is to send us to the far corners of the planet to reach them with the good news of deliverance through his Son.
Christ’s generation had all sorts of evidence of Jesus, yet many of those who were first to hear him and his gospel refused to accept him and it. The multitudes from all nations who were last to see him will accept his kingdom, and celebrate his return, while those who were first will only see the kingdom with regret and shame.
LORD, thank you for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. It is wide enough.