And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation." (Mark 16:15 NRSV)
As a child, I'm sure our parents gave us many last-minute words. Just before you got out of the car for day care, they may have said, "Don't forget to wear your mittens." Or when you went to a friend's house, your parent's last words to you might have been, "Now you be nice while you're at his/her house." Or when you went to sing in the children's choir at church, the last thing your mom or dad said to you was, "Now sing really loud." And what was the last-minute thing that mom or day said before we went to bed? "I love you." Those are nice last words. Many of those last-minute instructions were very important. They saved those words for last because they wanted us to remember them.

Jesus said some very important last words, too. Just before Jesus went to heaven for good, He told His disciples two very important things: one, that He was the savior of the whole world, and two, that they needed to go out and tell people his message of salvation, forgiveness and love.

Are your last-minute words about sharing Jesus' message?

Dear God, help me to remember and live Jesus' last-minute words. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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