Jesus’ Last Words Reflected His Greatest Values
“These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:25-27 ESV)
John’s Gospel is unique from the other three. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are referred to as the “synoptic” gospels because of their similarities. Although these three gospels are unique in their perspectives and in the audiences to whom they write, they each tell the broad picture of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection.
John was the last to write his Gospel account. And although his account contains some of the same elements as the others, John gave great attention to the details of the final week of Jesus’ life. In fact, five entire chapters (John 13-17) are given to reveal the words and ministry of Jesus that occurred on the night before His crucifixion.
Jesus, knowing that He was within hours of giving His life, shared with His disciples that things that mattered most.
I attended a funeral yesterday. My friend’s mom passed away, and I wanted to be there for him. As I listened to the stories being told, the Scriptures being read, and the songs being sung, I was again reminded that the value of life is found in Faith (in Jesus Christ), Family, and Friends.
Jesus’ last words reflected His greatest values. So, what did He say?
More than saying it, Jesus displayed what He meant by taking a towel and a basin of water and washing the disciples’ feet. People’s hearts are opened to God by our acts of service.
Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, yet did not expose him as such. Forgiveness acknowledges that the goodness of God is greater than the wickedness of any man.
Love God. Love people. This is the identifier of a true believer.
This is the victory that overcomes the world – our faith. (1 John 5:4)
The promise, presence, and power of the Holy Spirit is available to every believer, in order that we may reach the world.
As life flows from the tree to it’s limbs, we must remain connected to our source of life – Jesus.
There will be opposition against you for your association with Jesus Christ. Stand strong, do not fear death. Ultimately, you will be awarded with eternal life.
God’s will is only released on earth through prayer. Whatever you do, don’t stop praying.
These are things that mattered most to Jesus.
Perhaps your heart is troubled by many things today. Be reminded that Jesus has already given you access to His peace. You need not be troubled. You need not be afraid. You can trust Him.
Live with eternity in mind.
Today I pray for those who are troubled. Let them know your peace, your presence, and your power. In Jesus’ name, amen.