"Last Words"

 

 
“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last.”

Luke 23:46  

Today my dad would have celebrated his 83 birthday, and as I think back over my dads life my mind has tossed between considering the implications of my dads last words to me prior to his passing away and stepping into eternity and Jesus final words upon the Cross. Today I am reminded of just how important last words will be.

Both my dads and Jesus last words carry tremendous weight in my life and are powerful in there own way and yet my dads are deeply personal where Jesus were as well and all the while His being very public. In either case a persons last words remain with us long after they are gone and tend to be what we recall the most easily to our minds when we remember them.

As some of my family gathered this morning at one of my dads favorite breakfast spots, we each remembered conversations with our father that the others were not as familiar with, if at all. My dads last words to me personally came in the form of a note. A couple of weeks before my dad passed away he had written me a handwritten note and placed it inside a birthday card from He and my mom stressing in it over and over again how thankful he was to God for his family and how proud he was of me and my sisters and brother.

In his last note to me he thanked me for being there for him during the trials of his life and then concluded his note saying, “May God always bless you and your family. We have shared a lot of things in 54 years. I love you! Dad". Those words might not mean much to anyone else but to me they are priceless.

The same thing can be said of Jesus final words that He spoke from Calvary's Cross. To some people Jesus words mean nothing but to millions throughout the centuries they too are priceless. They not only give us something to hold onto as we remember our Savior’s life here on earth, but they as well reveal so much about who Jesus is, and His heart for you and me.

Below are Jesus last words that He spoke just moments before His sacrificial death. Never have so few words said so much about such an amazing life. In these seven statements from the Cross we can sense Jesus love, His care and compassion and the genuine selflessness in which He lived His life and how to the very end of His earthly mission He trusted Himself completely in the hands of His Heavenly Father. Read them for yourself.

1. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
2. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
3. Jesus said to His mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then He said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
4. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
5. “I thirst”
6. “It is finished.”
7. “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

A person’s last words are not only memorable, but they can be very beneficial to us too. I know having a note from my dad reminding me that he was proud of me and that he was praying for me means the world to me. Knowing Jesus last words from the Cross are memorable and extremely beneficial to me too.

Each time I read Jesus last words I am reminded of the sacrifice He made for me and you, and I recall to my mind His mercy and His compassion that fail not and are new every morning. As I read about the events of the Cross I can’t help but sense the pain Jesus willingly underwent when He took my place and yours so that we could experience paradise one day! My heart is strengthened as I learn from Jesus how in life’s difficult moments that each of us must face, I can just like Jesus, commit myself into the loving hands of my Heavenly Father, knowing He will receive me into His loving arms just like He did His own Son.

Today, “last words” mean so much to me and bring me much comfort and joy as I think about both my dad and about our Savior, Jesus Christ. To know that my dad, along with my mom and countless other relatives are with Jesus in paradise today gives our family and friends who knew and loved my dad reason to celebrate.

Just think, my dad is more alive today than at any point when he walked on this earth. And the best news still is knowing because of Jesus, I’ll see him again one day! How do I know you might ask? Because Jesus said so! And a promise is a promise! He will come back for each of us who placed our hope in Him, one day!


"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

John 14:1-3


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Sunday, 17 December 2017