Last words speak volumes. They reveal priorities and hopes. Before Jesus ascended back into Heaven, He gave His disciples this daunting command, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19–20). Let us consider four important facts from Christ’s great last words.
1. Power of the Command
We have been given the power or authority to go into this world and share the gospel with everyone. I can recall a soulwinning moment when a man asked me this question: “Why do you go door to door and bother people with your beliefs?” I politely answered that the Bible has commanded me to take this message to the world.
2. People of the Command
The Lord Jesus Christ expects every Christian to share the gospel message. The Bible says, “Go ye….” That means we need to leave our comfort zone and take the message of Christ to a lost and dying world. We have the wonderful privilege of knowing Christ as our Saviour, but along with this privilege we have a huge responsibility to take this message to everyone. How are you doing with this responsibility?
3. Plan of This command
The plan is fourfold: going, winning, baptizing, and teaching. This is God’s plan! We cannot improve upon the plan that God has laid out before us in His Word. We need to adapt to His plan and follow it.
4. Promise of this Command
The promise is simple and encouraging—He will go with us! As we go and share the gospel, the Holy Spirit will accompany us and will work through us as we present the truth of God’s Word. Let me encourage you to personally receive Christ’s last words, and may they be our first priority!