Jesus later appeared to his disciples, leaving them with what Christians call the Great Commission: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). After this, we’re told that Jesus was taken up to heaven.
Though the resurrection could have been the conclusion of Jesus’s story, it doesn’t end there. Jesus promised to return to restore earth to the way God intended it to be. At that time, God will dwell among the people. “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
But until then, believers are not left without Jesus’s presence. Christians believe that God is still actively involved in each person’s life, for Jesus did not leave us alone.
Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. . . . All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:15–17, 25–27).
In the meantime, Christians are to focus on the last personal instruction Jesus gave—to share their faith with others. While that can seem scary at times, some of Jesus’s last words during his final hours on earth remain especially reassuring and empowering to his followers, even millennia later: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
- What is the significance that Jesus’s last instruction while on earth was to tell others about what he taught?
- Close your eyes and imagine God wiping the tears from your eyes during a time of grief. How does that image make you feel?
Talking with others about your faith can be scary and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way, especially when you use Jesus as an example. Check out this short video on sharing your faith.
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