For as long as I can remember, my brothers and I have this on going battle with who will get the last word in. Whether it’s one more sarcastic comment to slide in or one quick punch to the kidneys with a zinger about your hair someone always has to have the last word.
The best at this is my middle brother Brad. See, Brad sits in the background of most conversations and will takes some ribbing from my little brother and I and never really says much. Until he sees his moment and then he pounces for the ultimate shutter-upper like a Puma on the hunt. He’ll say something like, “Well at least I didn’t throw up on my school desk in class when I was 12!”
Then the living room would blow up as my brother high-fives everyone and points a finger in our face. Totally getting the last word….AGAIN. Darn you Bradley-O!!!
Sometimes we mistakenly think of Jesus as the punching bag Savior that just took jab after jab from everyone without fighting back. Not that we were looking for Him to sin or “open up a can” on someone, but just a little defense of Himself from time to time would seem fitting. However, it seems hard to find that anywhere in Scripture.
Peter even tells us in 1 Peter 2:22-23 that at the height of His suffering Jesus remained silent.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
See, we read Passages like that and think “Man, how could He have done that?” I mean they beat Him and mocked Him and killed Him yet all the while He said nothing? We should be careful though. Although He didn’t respond in the way you or I would have with sin, vengeance, and anger…He did respond.
In fact, some of Jesus’ final moments were filled with responses.
“When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” – Luke 23:33-34
“When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” “– John 19:26-27a
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” – John 19:28
In his final moments, in His final breaths of life, Jesus chooses Mercy not mayhem. He chooses Grace not anger. He chooses to Forgive not to fight. He chooses to Love on not to Lash out. He chooses humanity over Divinity.
But to me the greatest of His responses from the tortures of the cross was His last.
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” – John 19:30
This encourages me so much because it is the greatest reminder to us all that…
Jesus always gets the last word.
Jesus gave up His spirit. It was on His terms not the mockers or murders. He determined when it was time for suffering to end.
His silence in the storm of spitting, mocking, and murdering was not weak defeat it was patient victory.
A patience that loved us so much it endured it all until what needed to be done was done. Until it was finished….on His time…on His terms…for our Souls.
So as you finish reading this blog and consider what this means for you, please remember that the battle for our Souls is over. Jesus has won, Jesus has conquered, and Jesus has finished what needed to be done to reconcile us back to God.
Live your lives differently knowing that Jesus always has the last word.