You know when people die, particular attention is given to their last words. Very often these last words are really profound, and tell us much about the person. Jesus’ Words on the Cross for example, are regular subjects of meditation. How many saints do we know who died with His name on their lips? There is much to be said about all this, but for now I want to consider another possibility…
Let’s imagine for a moment, when the trauma of the dying is over, when the turbulence of living life in a fallen world involved is settled, not in the throes of a final agony, but in the serene position of knowing all is accomplished in one’s personal mission… having another opportunity. That is, a chance to come back, and from this vantage point give a few final words to those who are still to battle on earth. Wouldn’t one see to it that those words be important? Having perfect liberty to deliver them, without earthly pressures, and chosen freely for the good of those who will receive them – wouldn’t they be picked carefully? Most people don’t get this opportunity – but we know Jesus did.
Instead of telling you why we at Golden Rose believe in evangelisation, let’s take a look at the last recorded words of the Risen Jesus Himself in each of the Gospels:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
“This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
“You must follow me.”
There is much could be said – but for now we’re simply going to take Jesus’ words as they stand and get started on what He commanded us to do before He ascended.
Are you ready to take up the Great Commission? To teach, preach, convert, move in the power of the Holy Spirit and win souls to Christ? Are you ready to be His witness? Are you ready to give yourself to the Immaculate Virgin, not only in prayer and in theory but in the day to day reality of actively making efforts towards the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart – that is the Reign of Her Son in all hearts?
If yes, great. If no… remember life begins at the end of your comfort zone. These things aren’t optional extras, but Jesus never commands anything that’s not way more than worth it! That said, don’t be overwhelmed. There are easier roses to begin with, and if you’re stuck on any of this you can always contact us for help! Let’s get started.
Evangelisation – Seeds for Roses