If you were to Google “Jesus’ last words” what you would get is a long list of references to Jesus’ last words on the cross and their meaning. And while those last words are very important, if we think those were His actual last words recorded in the Bible we miss the amazing glory of who Jesus really is.
Jesus wasn’t just about the physical man here on earth. He is so much more. The book of Revelation, written by John, reveals God’s plans and purposes for His church. It’s is the revelation of Jesus. According to Dr. Merrill Tenney, Jesus is the chief subject of Revelations. Christ is the exalted priest. And three times in the last chapter of Revelations Jesus interrupts John with His words.
These last amazing words of Jesus in the Bible are also the last of my commentary on Living Amazed through Jesus. And appropriately so. Looking back over all the topics they can all coalesce into two words – follow Him. We can thank God, Jesus and His Holy Spirit every single day that the prophesy of Jesus’ return has yet to be fulfilled. Why? Because we still have a lot of His work to accomplished. God is giving us an opportunity to not only get our own lives in line with Jesus’ amazing ways but to also share with as many people as possible about the savior.
These last few words of Jesus should be at the front of every church. Let anyone who is thirsty come and take the free gift of living water that only He can provide. He has designed us to be His hands and feet to bring sinners into this amazing grace.
“Indeed, when the church lives in expectancy of Christ’s return, such an attitude provokes ministry and evangelism as well as purity of heart.”Warren Wiersbe
As I have grown in my faith, I find it odd that there are “traditional” churches and “evangelical” churches. It’s clear in Jesus’ last (and many other teachings) Bible words we are all to take up the mantel of “evangelical.” I was discussing this topic in one of my Bible studies the other night about sharing the gospel with others. One friend said she doesn’t feel comfortable “opening that door” with people. I shared how I am praying every single day for just one believer to “open that door” to my eldest daughter. I know God is asking me to be a good example for her but I also know He is seeking someone else to bring her to Christ.
Aren’t there numerous people in your life that you hope would accept Jesus as their savior? It’s hypocritical of us to pray for a miracle in someone’s life if we aren’t willing to be that miracle.
Of all the amazing things Jesus said and did throughout the Bible He was always clear on our role in God’s Kingdom. We are to help gather up as many as possible and place them solidly in His hands. Our job has never been to sit nicely in church, enjoy a few songs and hear a good speech. It’s to be compelled to share His amazing love with the world.
Thank you for joining Madison and me on this journey through Living Amazed. Please join me starting December 7 for my next series, “Hold the Line: 25 Promises of God.”