April 14, 2019

For full passage click: Luke 23:31-49 …“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed his last.” vs. 36  

According to Luke’s sources, Jesus’ last words were, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, the Inspired One expired, and gave up his spirit. Whether or not this is a description of what happens at the point of death is not the point. It’s the words that touch our hearts and minds! They reflect the submissive nature of Jesus’ entire ministry. Always he craved to do God’s will and that desire continued to the end of his life. We pay attention to last words; often they provide a precious remembrance of our loved ones. Some say that they confirm and endorse the values and faith of one’s life. Martin Luther famously wrote his down, “We are all beggars, it is true.” It’s not likely that we’ll be able to rehearse our last words, and of course, many are not memorable. Still, it is good at the moment of our deaths to be at peace with the world and with God. Life is a great gift! As we live we don’t have a good sense of when the end will come, and sometimes we don’t have time to prepare. How good it is when we can treat each day as our last and live it with thanksgiving in our hearts and love on our lips! And if our last words were to echo those of Jesus? Well, what could be better than that!

Thought for the Day: What would I like my last words to be?