Death isn’t funny… but last words can be. I recently read some humorous “last words,” supposedly uttered right before tragedy struck. Just imagine how some of these words might have deadly or hurtful consequences!
- I’ll bet I can pass this car …
- Trust me, I know exactly what I’m doing …
- This tribe looks peaceful …
- Don’t worry, there’s more of us than them …
- Nice doggie …
- Now let’s see; which wire was I supposed to cut? …
“All my possessions,” Queen Elizabeth I said, “for a moment of time.”
Socialist Karl Marx said, “Go on. Get out! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.”
When actress Joan Crawford heard her housekeeper praying aloud, she cursed and said, “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.”
Edgar Allan Poe, however, prayed, “Lord, help my poor soul.”
Dramatist and author Victor Hugo said, “I see black light.”
But inventor Thomas Edison said, “It’s very beautiful over there.”
Preachers and motivational speakers often say we should consider our death if we want to live the best life. There’s an element of truth – if we remember the brevity of life and the length of eternity, we’ll likely make better choices.
So I started wondering … if I “finish well,” living for Christ with all my heart, what would I LIKE to say at the end of my life?
I’d love to gather my family around and say:
- “It’s worth it … living for Jesus.”
- or, “Life passes so quickly; be sure your priorities are straight.”
- or maybe, “It’s only a short step into the arms of God.”
- and to some, I’d say with tears, “Do you know my Jesus?”
What would you say, if you had the time to think about it? And what would you want to be doing and saying if death caught you unaware?
Jesus had some last words on the cross that are filled with meaning. These words are part of the foundation of the Christian faith.
Jesus cried out, “It Is Finished!”(John 19:30). In the Greek, the phrase is simply tetelestai… a work completed. In John 4:34, Jesus said he lived to do the will of the Father and “to finish His work.” When He considered the cross, He admitted, “for this cause came I unto this hour” (John 12:27).
“It is finished” was a cry of fulfillment … a shout of triumph.
The book of Revelation also has some last words from the Alpha and Omega to His waiting church (Revelation 22:6-21) – words meant to motivate us toward faith, faithfulness and obedience. Jesus finished with a promise: “Surely I am coming soon.”
Now those are last words worth remembering!