Everyone seems to want to get in the last word. But, ultimately who gets the last word in each of our lives. I know it is God. God gets the last word and we can see that in His Word, the Bible. So, each week click this article link to see the latest LAST WORD for each book of the Bible. We start in Genesis.
By Mike Chaffin
24 And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” 26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis 50:24-26.
The last word, who will get it. The Bible says God will have the last word. Romans 3:19 states,
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
So, considering God’s Word, what is the last word in each book of the Bible? In Genesis, the last words are Joseph telling his kin that he is going to die. But that is not really the last word. His last words contain a prophecy. Prophecy has a future. This prophecy was one day God will visit them and take them to the promised land. When they go, Joseph wants to accompany them, literally and figuratively, and asks them to carry his bones to the promised land. Joseph knows God is faithful and true and will fulfill his promise to his children.
The first book of the Bible ends with a promise that God will deliver. If you read the Bible you will find time after time, God comes through for his people. He did bring the Israelites out of Egypt. He delivered them from Balaam. He delivered them from harm when they conquered the land. He delivered them from invaders. He delivered David from King Saul, Elijah from King Ahab, Jonah from the belly of a whale, Daniel from the lions’ den, and Jesus from the grave. The list could have a million more examples because God still does that today. He delivers.
Jesus told us to ask and receive so that our joy may be full. Did he mean that we should ask for cars and jewelry? No, he was talking about our needs, not our wants. What do we need most? We first need to be delivered from sin. If you have never asked Jesus to deliver you from sin you are not a child of God. Only God’s children get into heaven so those who don’t ask for deliverance spend eternity in hell. Jesus came to earth to live a sinless life and provide a perfect sacrifice for our sins. His sacrifice, when we accept Him as our savior, washes away the sins in our life. We ask him to live in us and he comes in and cleanses us, making us new, born again. He delivers us from death to life. Then, as a child of God, we serve Him rather than sin.
Prayer: To accept Jesus’ deliverance from death, sin, and the grave pray this prayer; Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. I know you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins. I accept your sacrifice and ask you deliver me from my sins. Cleanse me and make me new. I accept you as savior. Live in me, lead and guide me. I want to be yours. In Jesus name, Amen.
THE LAST WORD – LAMENTATIONS
By Mike Chaffin
So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
When you read the gospel of Mark you see in it a message of vital importance. One that he didn’t mince his words or expound. Mark is straight to the point, let’s get to the next thing you need to hear about Jesus. Where Matthew expounded on certain issues, using three chapters for the Sermon on the Mount and Luke uses two chapters to discuss Jesus’s birth and youth, Mark skips the Sermon and His youth. Mark focuses on Jesus’s authority and miracles in short, to the point messages.
These last words are no different. Matthew tells us what Jesus told them to do. Mark tells us that they did. Both messages are so important in our understanding of who Jesus is and how we live out our Christian faith.
Mark is all about action. Our actions need to follow Christ’s directions. He is on the throne, hearing our prayers and interceding for us. Christ said to ‘ask and you shall receive’. He wasn’t talking about a new Mercedes, but He was talking about wisdom, direction, healing, comfort, peace, faith, forgiveness, and needs like food, water, and shelter. Christ still hears and answers prayers.
Christ is on the throne, seated at the right hand of God. These are most reassuring last words.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that you are in control. You are Lord of all. I shout your praises. One day you will move your throne to earth. Come Lord Jesus. In Jesus name, amen.
By Mike Chaffin
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. Amen. Luke 24:51-53
The last words in Luke compliment Matthew and Mark’s last words quite nicely. These three books, called the synoptic gospels, give us Jesus earthly ministry from three viewpoints. Each of these reveal Jesus is the Son God who died for our sins and rose on the third day to defeat death and make a way for us to get to heaven.
Matthew tells us what Jesus wants us to do. Mark confirm the Apostles followed those orders. Luke leaves us with Christ’s followers doing just what they, and we, should be doing daily, praising and blessing God.
But Luke puts an exclamation point on his message with the very last word, amen. Amen means ‘So It Is’.
Luke is considered an impeccable historian. The accuracy of his reporting on historical events in the book have been proven out through archeological evidence. But we know we can trust God’s word. When Luke finishes writing about Jesus earthly ministry, he caps off the message with, ‘So it is’. It’s as strong a finish. The facts are the facts, and the story is true.
We finish our prayers with amen. If you haven’t realized it, you are confirming your prayer is going to happen. Our prayers should end with “in Jesus’s name amen.” When they do, we are saying “In Jesus name so it is.” It is a statement of faith the prayer is answered.
Prayer: Lord thank you for the gospel of Luke that puts an exclamation point on your life’s story here on earth. You came down as a baby, to live a sinless life and experience everything we experience. You showed us how we should live and then sacrificed yourself for our sins so we can be forgiven when we repent of our sins and accept you as our Lord and Savior. You defeated death when you rose from the dead, and you gave us the promise of eternal life with you in Heaven. Thank you, in Jesus’s name amen.