Our verse for today comes from John 13:18, ” I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ “
The last anything. There’s no doubt that the mere sequence or timing of a thing can add to or take away from its significance or impact. Certainly being the first of something is memorable, if not outright historical. For accomplishments and devices, immeasurable effort is spent on being the first to do or to have the first of its kind. But in relationships, as sentimental as the first of many is, little else pulls on the heart strings like the last time for something. I need not attempt to fill your mind with a list of finalities that you have experienced that even today leave a certain longing in your heart. Thoughts of final words, final hugs, the last day spent somewhere, or a last meal together. The first and the last are made so special only because there are so many meaningful ones in between. So many good experiences followed the first, and unfortunately, no more are to come after the last.
There’s a saying that goes, ” Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute. ” And you only have to experience a deadline once to know the truth of that statement. During the last meal of Jesus with His disciples, an eternity of divine wisdom and three years of training was compressed into a few hours of fellowship. Jesus shared with His men words that would launch His church, and truths that will not be fully realized until we reach heaven. It was His last moments with them before He suffered the cross, the last Adam undoing the damage done by the first Adam, the last sacrifice of all sacrifices, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. You may remember the last time you held your mom’s hand before she passed away, or the last day you spent in the house you grew up in. But in Jesus, we have no end. The beginning has just begun, and what death would make us think is the end is merely the transport to where we really belong. So use for good those minutes you have been given, even to the very last one. It’s a great habit to get into.
As we seek Him today, let every moment express your confidence that your moments will never end.
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