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Here is a part of Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s last message: “I don’t know what will happen now; we’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter to me now, because I have been to the mountaintop. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life—longevity has its place. But I am not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He has allowed me to go up to the mountain and I’ve looked over. I’ve seen the Promised Land.” The next day after uttering those words, Dr King was assassinated. We learn from John 12 that as Jesus ended his public ministry and before he was crucified, He spoke these last words to the crowds: “I have come as light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. . . I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged on the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life, so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” Jesus’ last words are profound: to ignore Him, the only Giver of eternal life, is the greatest mistake a person can make.

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