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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Last Words

We've all heard of "famous last words," right? You know, when the bad guy comes up on screen and says to the hero, "any last words?" Then the hero says something sarcastic and ends up beating the bad guy. Cliche, isn't it?
From Beethoven's "Friends applaud, the comedy is over" to Juliet's "This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die," everyone has last words. What they want to say in their final moments. Most people would like to say something profound and earth-shattering. Something to leave one last mark in the world.
Well, Jesus had some pretty famous last words, too. His last words really did shatter the earth, as we knew it. Acts 1:8 is when Jesus gives his final words before ascending into Heaven. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Yeah, I put it in a different color for effect.)
Now, I think it's very important that Jesus said this. Here, He was talking to the apostles right before He leaves the earth. He won't be visiting in the flesh again until the Second Coming, so what He's saying He must REALLY want people to know. Jesus tells them that even though He's leaving, the Holy Spirit (another form of God) will come to them. This is an important fact because it states clearly that we will NOT be alone. Then, Jesus goes on to give us a command. That's right. His last words to us are a command.
Jesus says that we will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and everywhere else, too. So not all of us happen to live in Jerusalem. If you don't, take this into account. Be His witnesses in your town, in your state, in your country, and to the ends of the earth. Does that help put it in perspective? Jesus is saying, "Hey guys, I'm leaving, but the Holy Spirit is gonna be with you. And I also want you to go tell the world about Me, starting in your towns and moving outwards until everyone's heard the Good News!" It's God's will for our lives in a single sentence.
So Jesus' last words were basically: Go. Witness. Every single Christian on this planet has the same call. Go. Witness. Jesus would not have said it if He didn't mean it. Are we going? Are we witnessing? When you're not sure what God's will for your life is, that's it. Go. Witness. Everywhere.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mark 16:17-18 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”