Two posts back (in a repost), I asked, “What if you knew you only had one week left to live on earth?”
Lisa from Lisa Notes commented,
“I was asked… a week or so ago: If I were told I had 24 hours to live, what would I do? I responded that I’d want to be with loved ones. But my friend said she’d be calling everyone she knew that didn’t know Jesus, and telling them to find Him. I thought that was a very good answer.” (emphasis mine)
That comment went stirring in my head, prodding repeatedly for my own (honest) answer — but then my thoughts ran on further, to exactly what Jesus did His last 24 hours before He was taken prisoner by man.
First, my self thoughts: “Hm. To be honest, I think I’d want to be with loved ones, too.”
But what about all those lost and needy people? What about all the good that I would have liked to have done that would remain unaccomplished? Would I run around trying to do it all in 24 hours — maybe with my loved ones trailing along?
My guess is I’d be lying weak on a deathbed, incapable of any action and little speech. So my hope is that I would have introduced people around my life to Jesus, would have encouraged them in Him and helped them see in His light, would have done whatever part God had told me to do — before my death day.
But considering further, I thought: If any “unfinished business” really mattered to me, wouldn’t I try to pass on the baton to my loved ones gathered around?
Another “Aha!” moment! Isn’t that exactly what He did?
Tuesday’s post said what He did in His final week was telling. What he did in His last free day is even more so. What strikes me now is how much it jibes with what I think most of us would really do, if we knew we would die within that time.
Guess what Jesus did in His last 24 hours? Although there are several chapters of scripture giving a lot more detail, in summary…
1) He gathered His loved ones around Him. Just a little group, in an upper room.
2) He let them know His heart, how He loved them, and what He most desired for them.
3) He gave them instructions for after He was no longer with them. And…
4) He passed on the baton for them (and those to come after them) to continue His unfinished business!
His main passionate desire and instruction: For them to abide in Him, to bear the spiritual fruit of that abiding, and to love one another with the humility of the foot-washing servant.
His last day: His last will and testament.
To read more: The Gospel of John, chapters 13-17 (John 13, John 14, John 15, John 16, John 17). A good read for this day/week.
(Or, go here and read all the references under Maundy Thursday.)
Listing More Reasons to Worship and Praise Him — Counting to 10,000
(In my personal journal, I have already passed 400, but am picking up my numbering here from the last post containing listed Reasons)
94 – He has qualified us (who believe in Him) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light (Col 1:12)
95 – He has delivered us from the power of darkness (Col 1:13)
96 – He has transferred us into His kingdom (Col 1:13)
97 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins (Col 1:14)
98 – By Him all powers were created (Col 1:16).
99 – By Him all thrones were created (Col 1:16).
100 – By Him all dominions were created (Col 1:16).
101 – By Him all principalities were created (Col 1:16).
102 – By Him all things consist/hold together (Col 1:17).
103 – He is before all things (Col 1:17)
104 – He is the head of the body, the Church (Col 1:18)
105 – He is the firstborn from the dead (Col 1:18)
106 – In all things He will have pre-eminence (Col 1:18)