After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and followers multiple times before ascending into heaven. During these appearances, he had many important conversations with them, but what were his last words before leaving?
According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ final words to his disciples were a commandment known as the Great Commission. He said to them, “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
This commandment is significant because it outlines Jesus’ mission for his followers. He wanted them to spread his teachings and make more disciples so that everyone could experience salvation through him.
Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Luke also emphasize this mission. He told his disciples, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:46-47).
Again, we see Jesus emphasizing that his message should be spread throughout all nations. He wants everyone to have access to salvation through him.
In addition to these commandments, Jesus also gave some final instructions to specific individuals. In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells Peter what will happen in his future: “Truly, truly, I say to you when you were young you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted but when you are old you will stretch out your hands and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18).
This statement is significant because it reveals that Peter will suffer for his faith but ultimately glorify God through it.
In conclusion, Jesus’ last words after his resurrection reveal his mission for his followers: to spread his teachings and make disciples of all nations. He also gave specific instructions to individuals, such as Peter, about their future. These words are not only informative but also inspiring as they emphasize the importance of sharing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.