The Last 24 // Last Moment Alone
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
What would you do if you knew you only had 24 hours left to live?
Jesus knew he was dying and he stopped and prayed. Not some normal “thank you, God” prayer but a prayer that caused him to sweat drops of blood. In anguish and anxiety he speaks to the Father.
Jesus prayed for me.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. (John 17:20-21 NLT)
Jesus didn’t pray for us to have magical gifts to heal people or the ability to speak eloquently and save people..no he simply prayed that we would be ONE. And our oneness/unity is what will prove to the world that Jesus is real.
Jesus healed an enemy.
But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. (Luke 22:47-51 NLT)
Maybe you feel like an enemy to God. Maybe you too have some part of you needs healing too (relationally, emotionally, physically, spiritually). Jesus wants to heal you.
Jesus restored a friend.
At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly. (Luke 22:61-62 NLT)
Jesus “looked at Peter” not with scorn or indignation but with compassion. And this look of mercy and forgiveness brought Peter to his knees. Later when Jesus appears to the disciples Peter jumps out of the boat to get to Jesus as fast as possible. Peter knew he had been forgiven and he couldn’t wait to embrace his savior.
When we act with a selfless love toward others it leaves a lasting impact on their lives.
Selfless love leaves a lasting impact.