In case you missed it, I asked the senior pastor of the International Church of Prague to turn one of his sermons into a guest blog for me. Here is the continuation from July 22, 2019.
Acts 2 describes a gathering that was both multicultural and multi-lingual at the beginning of Jesus’ Church. The scripture further identifies at least 15 different ethne hearing the message of the Apostle Peter in their own language. God was intentional about racial diversity at the beginning of the church because at the core of His heart, God loves all “ethne.”
To see into the mirror of self-critique requires a deeper sense of calling. It is a divine call, a call to unity not for the sake of others or even for the transformation of an individual’s own sinful bent, but for the glory of Jesus. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his speech at the “March on Washington,” boldly declared, “I have a dream…” His dream envisioned children of all races coming together to bring reconciliation and healing. But what is often overlooked is that his dream pointed to something even greater. “I have a dream that one day…, ‘the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’ This is our hope.”
Many people have sought to follow Dr. King’s example of love and peaceful change. What set him apart, however, was not his methods but the motivation that fueled them. “This is our hope” – all flesh, all ethne, seeing Lord’s glory revealed together. He saw Jesus being glorified by all peoples. This hope fueled Dr. King’s work. When the passion of every follower of Jesus is for his glory and to show his worth by loving others from all ethne with self-sacrificing love , then the church will display Jesus’ great worth and worship.
The fullness of Jesus’ glory will be revealed through the redemption and reconciliation of all peoples. Unified worship proclaims in living stories that Jesus has overcome the brokenness that scars all humanity and is worthy of all glory and honor. “Worthy are You,” this is the new song that the church universal will sing of Jesus before the throne of God. When the church commits itself to the work of reconciliation and making disciples of all ethne, not just overseas, but within their own congregations, this great anthem will resound to all the earth and proclaim the ultimate worth of Jesus Christ.
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Acts 2:5-11 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?”
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Acts 2:9-11
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Genesis 26:4 “I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,”
 King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Southern Christian Leadership Conference Speech) August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C. The quotation in Dr. Kings speech is Isaiah 40:4-5.
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
 New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Revelation 5:9