These words hung on signs in every classroom at the first United Methodist Church in which I served as an associate pastor.
There is certainly power in one's final words. What were the last words of Jesus? As recounted in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus assembled His disciples on a mountain in Galilee and told them, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
In these parting words, we are told that:
- Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and earth.
- We have a mission - to go and make disciples of all nations
- We are to baptize them and teach them to obey
- Jesus is always with us
May these famous last words spiritually empower you for the year ahead and into eternity!