What Were the Last Words Jesus Said to His Disciples?

Throughout the New Testament, the last words spoken by Jesus before his ascension are recorded in different ways in different gospel accounts. However, one message remains constant – a message of love, hope, and promise for his disciples.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ final words to his disciples take place on a mountain in Galilee. He instructs them to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).

This is known as the Great Commission. He also promises to be with them always, even until the end of time.

In Mark’s account, Jesus appears to his disciples “while they were eating” (Mark 16:14). He rebukes them for their lack of faith and hardness of heart before commissioning them to preach the gospel to all creation. He also promises that those who believe will be saved and those who do not will be condemned.

Luke’s account describes Jesus appearing to his disciples after his resurrection and offering proof that he is indeed alive by showing them his hands and feet. He reminds them that everything written about him in the Law of Moses, Prophets, and Psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opens their minds so they can understand the Scriptures before telling them that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations.

Finally, John’s gospel records two conversations between Jesus and Peter after Jesus’ resurrection. In one conversation, Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him and instructs him to feed his sheep (John 21:15-17). In another conversation, Jesus tells Peter how he will die as a martyr for Christ (John 21:18-19).

All four gospel accounts share a common thread – Jesus’ final words were meant to encourage his followers to continue spreading his message of love and salvation throughout the world. His words were intended to give them hope and courage in the face of persecution and hardship.

As followers of Jesus today, we can take comfort in these same words. We are called to go out into the world and make disciples, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those around us. And just as Jesus promised to be with his disciples until the end of time, we can trust that he is with us always, guiding us and empowering us to do his will.

In conclusion, while the specific phrasing may differ across gospel accounts, the message remains clear – Jesus’ last words to his disciples were a call to action and a promise of eternal life. As we seek to follow him today, let us take heart in these words and trust in his unfailing love and grace.