The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. II Corinthians 13:14.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26.
Every part of worship is important. Some tend to think the benediction is just a few insignificant words before everyone leaves the house of worship to go home or wherever they have plans for the rest of the day. They take lightly what is known as the “final blessing.” The benediction is just as important as the call to worship, the praise period / devotion, our worship in giving and the sermon. Our attention is to be focused on all of worship; we are not to stop paying attention at the time of the benediction because we are ready to go home. If we neglect to receive the benediction we miss out on the “final blessing” that the Lord speaks through the Minister to the people.
The words that are spoken at the end of the worship service are the Lord’s blessing to those who have worshiped Him “in spirit and in truth.” The benediction is not to be taken lightly. In II Corinthians 13:14, the Apostle Paul used the Trinitarian benediction to remind the Corinthians of the blessings they had received: “grace” from the Lord Jesus Christ, “love” from God the Father, and “communion” with God and each other through the Holy Spirit.
I ask that all worshipers take time to listen closely to what the Lord is saying to us in the benediction. Understand that the “grace of our Lord” is what we need. So, before you go home today, please remember that God wants you to hear everything He has to say, and realize that His final Words will have an impact on you.
Your servant in Christ,