I believe that when a person knows he has reached the end of his life, his last words and parting message are the most important and meaningful of all that he has spoken throughout his life.
In 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Paul, knowing he was nearing the end of his life, spoke his last words to Timothy. This was his final instruction to his beloved disciple.
Spoken before he died, Deuteronomy chapter 32 is known as the song of Moses. It was an expression of praise to the Lord, as Moses spoke His final words to the nation.
In John 17 Yeshua lifts up His eyes to heaven, knowing that the journey of His life here on earth is ending. He is interceding for us, that God our Father would protect us here on earth. Yeshua prayed in verse 15 that God would keep us from the evil one and that we would be made sanctified by His truth (verse 17).
When I read this chapter I see one-ness. One-ness of Yeshua and Abba, one-ness of Yeshua and us, and one-ness of us and Abba through Yeshua.
Yeshua ends in verse 26 with this unique word love – in Hebrew, Ahava. He declares the following, “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” If you take the 3-letter Hebrew word for love, two of its letters spell the word “AV” (Father), and the other letter stands for God (H’). This kind of love can come only from the Father God because He is love. This is not about earthly empathy but divine love – a love which gave His own son for us. The Son loves us, and thanks to His sacrifice given in love, we are one with Abba.
Do we as Believers walk in this definition of love? Are we one, living in unity? Or are we saying “I belong to Paul…I belong to Peter” (1 Corinthias 1:12)? In our days we have different denominations, and even non-denominations are a kind of denomination. Is that what the Lord asks of us, to be defined according to our individual denomination or to be one in Him?
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part…” (Corinthians 13:9). Is it possible for us to love, respect and honor each other and our different ways of expressing our faith in the Lord? Our difficulty with this distances us from Yeshua.
Yeshua on the cross in that moment of pain and suffering spoke these words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Do we understand the fullness of the Grace of God thanks to Yeshua? Are we fully aware of the character which should be reflected through our lives to the unsaved and to the saved? Are we able to love one another as He first loved us?
This article originally appeared in Oasis newsletter, December 2018, and reposted with permission.