When someone has died people want to know, “did they have any last words?” Think about it, if you were standing by the bedside of a loved one and they looked as if they were about to speak you would get a little closer to see what important instruction they might have for you to carry out, or a last word of love. When my dad died I stood close to his bed just waiting to hear anything that he might mutter, any little sound became very important. Those last words are priceless to me.
I was just thinking of these things and remembered some other famous last words.
Jesus shared Passover Supper with his friends in an upper room. It was the last time he would break bread with them before He became the sacrificial Lamb, crucified for the sins of the world past, present and future. Then Jesus revealed to them that He was going to be betrayed. There were questions, Who is it? Lord is it I?Judas left the table and the room to go and betray the Lord. When he had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified..”John 13: 31
Jesus went on to tell them that there was a new commandment, they must love one another they way that He had loved them, which was enough to give His life for them. Verse 35 says, “By this all will now that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Then he told them something very important, chapter 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansion; 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.”
These were the words He spoke the last time He would ever walk with these men, his friends, who would all scatter like scared sheep when the hour of His death would come.
If people can make a deathbed confessionand it will stand in court as true, then I think we should listen to the deathbedtalk that Jesus gave to these men and use it for ourselves.
Is it easy? No, if it were, everyone would be an automatic Christian, it is in the trying to do good in the face of evil, or be sweet in the face of adversity that makes us real Christians, or Christ like. You might think you can’t do it on our own, but remember Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.