"Final Words and Actions"
As a minister, you might well imagine that throughout my ministerial career, I have been with and consoled many who were on their dying beds. One thing that I have learned through these experiences is that Final Words and Actions are Important.
I have seen people in those moments literally curse God for the fate they are about to endure and the eternity they are about to enter…those final moments not with fear or anxiety but hate itself. But, I have also seen people completely at peace with God, their Families and the world as they come to that moment of sweet surrender, as they give their life back to God from whence it came.
Yes, Final Words and Actions are important…
· The final words and actions of my beloved grandmother, who literally raised me and my siblings, expressed her love for us not only verbally in her last moments with us but by providing for us a home. Otherwise, we would have been left homeless.
· The final words and actions of my mother were to call her children to her side and tell us that she loved us now and for always. It was her final words and acts. A reaffirmation of her life lived in sacrifice for her family and given to us in love.
Jesus’ Final Words and Actions were also important. He prepared his disciples for his death with these beautiful words from John 14:1-6
1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
2 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.
3 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.
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
And then, he promised that he would not leave them as orphans.
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
His Promise to Them and to Us… was that he would not "Leave us as Orphans…
but that he would be with us even unto the end of the age."
On this "Good Friday," it is my prayer that God would allow you to not only see but experience the depth of His Love for You through the "Cross of His Redemption." I invite you to knew with me before His presence that we might honor the Gift of His Sacrifice--
For it was not the nails that held Jesus to that old rugged cross
it was His Love For You and Me!
Those were H
is Final Words and Actions!