Famous Last Words

“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.”          

Oswald Chambers

Some people have a fascination for the final words uttered right before a person dies.

In some cases, last words are profound. In others they are nonsensical. Other times a person’s final words can be a bit profane.

A few examples of the last utterances of a few well-known people:

  • Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” revealed himself to be a bit of a perfectionist when he declared, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
  • Drummer Buddy Rich died after surgery in 1987. His last words revealed a comedic side. As he was being prepped for surgery, a nurse asked him, “Is there anything you can’t take?” Rich replied, “Yeah, country music.”
  • John Wayne died at age 72 in L.A. He turned to his wife and said, “Of course I know who you are. You’re my girl. I love you.”
  • Our last words can reveal what’s going on in our heart spiritually. Actress Joan Crawford yelled at her housekeeper, who was praying as Crawford died. Crawford said, “Don’t you dare ask God to help me!”
  • In contrast to Joan Crawford’s refusal for help from God, Basketball great and committed Christian “Pistol” Pete Maravich collapsed during a pickup game. His last words: “I feel great.”

But of all the last words ever uttered on this earth, the most important declaration preceding death came from the mouth of Jesus Christ.

The very last thing Jesus said was, “It is finished.”

Jesus wasn’t simply announcing that His life was coming to an end.

He was declaring that all the work that God had sent Him to accomplish was now fully complete.

He had lived a sinless life which was required for Him to pay for our sins.

As Ephesians 2:14 says, Jesus broke down the wall of hostility that existed between men and made it possible for God and man to live in peace.

And, as evidenced by the torn curtain in the Holy of Holies, God was now accessible to man, where before he was alienated (Colossians 1:21-22).

Regarding Jesus’ proclamation about the finality of His work, William MacDonald wrote;

The work his Father had given Him to do! The pouring out of His soul as an offering for sin! The work of redemption and atonement! It is true that He had not yet died, but His death, burial and ascension were as certain as if already accomplished. So the Lord Jesus could announce that the way had been provided whereby sinners could be saved. Thank God today for the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross at Calvary!

Here’s what is so significant about Jesus’ final words: every other religion or cult bases it’s teaching on what a person must do.

Only Christianity bases itself on the fact that the work required for justification, reconciliation, propitiation and regeneration has already been accomplished.

We can’t do anything to get right with God or get closer to Him other than to acknowledge the work for our salvation has already been completed by Jesus.

Our part in the salvation process is to acknowledge our need for a Savior, believe in the work Jesus did on our behalf, and receive Him into our life as Lord and Savior.

Jesus did the job that we couldn’t do, and He is faithful to keep us.

He was never counting on us to make up for our failures and faults. He took care of those long before we ever realized it.

“It is finished.”

Consider your own relationship with God. Do you live like there is more work to be done to gain or enhance your relationship with God, or have you taken Jesus at His word that everything that was needed to be done for salvation was completed on the cross?






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