Saying Goodbyes- Jesus with His Followers

I have had the privilege of joining many special meals for special occasions. Some of them have been goodbye dinners for people leaving my city to return to their countries after completing their education. Those have been especially poignant moments as friends realizing they will probably never see each other again say goodbyes.

In such moments, we share what is on our hearts. We long to be with the people who have been important to us.

I will also never forget my friend from Korea who died of stomach cancer in June 2006. I was one of his spiritual advisers from the day he was diagnosed until the day he died. Many times he would confide in me that he was not concerned for himself because he knew Jesus. His concern was for his wife and three children. I was with him and his family the night he died. I leaned down and whispered in his ear that I would help them. It was the last time he smiled in this life.

Jesus knew he was going to die. He knew he was going to be arrested, tortured, and crucified. He also knew he would defeat death through his resurrection and return to his throne in heaven. Jesus wanted to prepare his disciples, the men he had been mentoring, for his death, resurrection and return to heaven. In John 14 he told them:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

He was reassuring them that he would come back for them to bring them to heaven to be with him. But Thomas said what would have been on our minds by saying- we don’t know the way so how can he get there.

Jesus answered:

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

He told them that he is the way to heaven. We only need to know him because he is the way.

Jesus proved that when on the third day he rose from the dead in a glorified body. He defeated death for us.

As we go through this time of uncertainty, we can say- My Redeemer Lives. Because he lives I can face tomorrow.

Nicole Mullen sang it so beautifully in her song Redeemer. I would like to share it with you. Thank you for reading. God Bless.

16 thoughts on “Saying Goodbyes- Jesus with His Followers

  1. Thanks for sharing. It’s such a beautiful story of you and your friend as well as a beautiful reminder of the friend we have in Jesus. ❤

      1. I am doing alright. Better today than I had been doing. I received a really nice email from a friend yesterday. It’s amazing how just a simple thing like that can brighten your day and lift your spirits.

  2. Thank you for sharing your story. Also that scripture … that is my absolute favorite scripture, comforts my soul, bones and marrow… Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us…yes.

  3. Matt, the past couple of days have encouraged me to think back to some of my former students. I sometimes wonder how their lives have turned out. I really appreciate this inspiring song. God’s peace!

  4. I love the verses you shared in John 14. It’s a blessing to know that we have a home prepared for us. And it’s forever.
    Glad you could be by your friend’s side. Keep being a light bro. 🤗

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