THE LAST WORDS OF JESUS. Sunday, November 3rd.
The last words of a dying person are generally very important and should receive the greatest attention. More importantly, we should pay special attention to the last words of Jesus before He left the earth because they are extremely significant. When my Father in the Lord was about to leave the earth, he had me called, but unfortunately, I had gone to Akure, a capital city in a state in western Nigeria, to preach.
Until today, I continue to wish I had been present to hear what he had to tell me at that crucial moment in his life. In John 3:16, Jesus said that God loves the whole world and sent Him to die for all, but when He said His final prayers in John 17:9, He said, “I do not pray for the world but for those whom you have given me.” This means that if someone is not born again, he or she cannot experience certain benefits of God’s love. In fact, Jesus Christ said that He would deny such a person before His Father on the day of judgment (Matthew 10:32-33).
Those of us who are truly born again must also pay special attention to the last words of Jesus before His crucifixion and death. In His last prayer before His arrest and crucifixion, He said:
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:20-21
It is very important for Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, that believers be united. The glory of God can only be seen upon the Church when there is unity and when Christians are united in thought. In Psalm 133, the Bible tells us that the anointing and blessings of God will flow freely in His Church when we are united like brothers. You must not hold grudges against your brothers and sisters in Christ. Even if a Christian belongs to another denomination and you have a disagreement, remember that you both belong to God, and all Christians are His children.
Beloved, make sure to always show love to the Christians around you despite your differences. Decide to honor the last words of your Lord and Savior by working towards unity with other believers (Ephesians 4:1-3).
This text is an excerpt from the book “The Open Heavens 2024: A Daily Guide to Intimate Communion with God 2024” written by Enoch A. Adeboye.
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