From Pastor Randy's Sermon:
Jesus' words pointed to a future that he knew would be
rough for his disciples. He wanted his disciples to be prepared, but also to
know that their allegiance and faith in what he was doing would be the final
marker to all events that would and could occur. This can also be the message for us today as
well. Jesus doesn't sugarcoat what lies
ahead, but he gives meaning to it. All
of us in our journeys, in one way or another, to one degree or another, will
feel persecuted, will feel cheated, will feel great despair, and though our
faith does not promise that these things can be avoided, it does tell us that
in the end our future is guaranteed. The
last word of God to us and to the world, will be a good word. A time when all questions are answered, a
time of hope and joy that we perhaps cannot even begin to imagine.
Do you know anybody who seems to always want the last word in a conversation (or argument)? You know, the person who comes up with just one more comment or question or gripe? Or the one who can't leave the space just blank --
I can remember how one of my family members would often stomp from the room if he didn't get his way. We would begin to breathe more freely, and then we would hear him come out of his bedroom, back into the living room with an angry: "Oh, and just one more thing ...."(and the negativity would begin all over again).
I must confess, it got to the point where we would laughingly wager on how many minutes would pass between stomp out and re-entry.
The last say is the speakers effort to control the situation and have lasting impact.
Jesus proclaimed to the people of his day and to us today that God will have the last say, and that say is a resounding "YES!" to life....
When disappointment, suffering and loss of any kind seem to close the door of possibilities we are called to stay alert, watching and waiting -- and proclaiming to one another boldly the YES which is God's last word to us.