I don’t know about you, it may seem morbid to you… however, when I find out that someone I know has died the first thing I want to ask is, “did they have any last words?”
When my dad was close to death I stood close to his bedside so that I could hear everything he said, and he said a lot of important things to me and to other loved ones that came…Think about it, if you were standing by the bedside of a loved one and they looked as if they were about to speak, I bet 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.
The instructions and words of advice and things he was seeing about future events, which all came to pass, are priceless memories for me, and I think of them often.
As I was thinking of these things, I remembered some other famous last words.
Jesus shared a 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 our sin and the sin of the whole world past, present and future. Jesus revealed to them that He was going to be betrayed. There were questions…Who is it? Lord is it I?
Judas left the room to go and betray the Lord.
When he had left, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified…” (John13:31) Jesus went on to tell them that there was a new commandment, that they must love one another they way that He had loved them…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 that you and I should hold onto,
John ischapter 14:1-3 “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.”
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 “death bed confession” and it will stand in court as true, then I think we should listen to the “death bed” talk 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. No, we can’t do it on our own, but remember
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
As we get closer to the celebration of His death, burial, and glorious victory over the grave, read His words and take comfort in them.
Let not YOUR heart be troubled, you believe in God? Believe also in Him, the Messiah, Christ our Lord…and whether you believe or not makes no difference…He is coming again!!