The last words of a person can reveal a lot about their character, values, hopes, dreams and mental state at the time.
Last Words Matter
For some, their last words reveal their dry humor, such as the convicted murderer James W. Rodgers, who, when asked if he had a last request before going in front of a firing squad replied, “Bring me a bullet-proof vest.”
Leonardo da Vinci revealed his ache at not accomplishing enough in life on his deathbed. In his final breaths, he said, “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.”
I hope that when the time comes for me to utter my last words that they will be full of love, and lacking any regret.
Jesus’ Last Words Really Matter
Over the next four weeks and on to Good Friday we will look into some of Jesus’ last words from the cross. At his lowest moment, beaten, battered and bruised, rejected and reviled, Jesus spoke words of limitless love.
There is so much we can learn from his example.
Jesus was Selfless in Suffering, Praying in Pain.
He showed Greater Grace and Determination in Desolation.
Unlike Jesus, when I am going through pain I find it very hard to focus on anything else. There is a direct correlation between rising pain and lowering care for the needs of those around us. It is hard to help others when you are hurting.
As we look forward to Easter Sunday I want to invite you to join us on Sunday’s in one of our three services (9:30am, 11:00am, and 12:30pm) in either our North or South Auditorium or online at www.np.church. Our services are usually posted early the next week so you can view them when it suits you best.
As we dig deep into the last words of Jesus I know that you will be prompted to action.
Love is an action word. Love must do something. Even in pain, loneliness, rejection, and desperation.
So take action and join us on Sunday. You’ll be glad you did.