Imagine that someone very important to you told you something very close to his heart while passing away. It’s sad to picture, but just think to yourself how you would take those words. If that person was near to your heart, you would put so much value in his last words. You would definitely treasure it and never forget what he said. Now imagine if it was an action on your part or something that you had to fulfill, and he entrusted you to do it. How would you respond?
You would by all means do everything in your power to carry out his wishes! Usually those wishes would be along the lines of carrying on that person’s legacy, taking care of his family, or just fulfilling a responsibility that they would no longer be able to do. But very rarely has a dying wish been intended to benefit the person it was being told to! This is true in every case except that of our Savior! Let’s take a look at John 17 and see what the final wishes of Christ were as He was dying on the cross.
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. | John 17:1-3
Jesus spoke these words to God, the Father, moments before dying on the cross. This was His last wish for all mankind! We know that we are the intended recipient because Christ directs this to “all whom you have given him.” God put the cost of salvation on Christ and the responsibility of our souls in the life of His one and only Son. It’s hard to understand why, but we are considered very valuable in the eyes of God. Why would God consider such incapable and insignificant people like us with great importance? It is because He loves us so much to the point of sacrificing His own Son to save us! This shows He was willing to give up anything – even that which is most precious – just to give us life. Christ knew this as well because He reiterates this to the Father as He dies on the cross. His last and only wish is for EVERYONE to KNOW HIM!
So having said that how many of us “know” Him and what does it truly mean to “know” Him? If I tell you that I know a person, you would interpret that as knowing of a person or knowing about a person. In this context, knowing Christ is something much more than that. To know Christ means to put our faith and trust in Him wholly and completely AND live a life that reflects that knowledge through our actions. Knowing Christ means to admit that we have fallen short of God’s glory, believe in our hearts that He died for our sins, and commit our lives to follow him through all of our thoughts, words, and actions! IF that isn’t clear enough, let’s take a look at what scripture says about knowing Christ:
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. | Romans 10:9-10
So ask yourself, do you know Christ? It was His dying wish to be YOUR Savior so that you can spend an eternity with Him in His presence, and be a part of His heavenly family!
“At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation” | 2 Corinthians 6:2