Famous Last Words
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Sooner or later it happens to all of us. The time comes for us to draw our last breath and pass from this life into the next. Over the years history has recorded some fascinating "famous last words" . . .
I've never felt better.
These words were expressed by men and women standing on the very threshold of eternity. Some were prepared. They had made their peace with God. But others were completely caught off guard. They were not ready to go. Their last moments were filled with uncertainty--even fear and dread.
The Bible says, "it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). Every one of us has sinned--we've all fallen short of God's righteous and holy standards. That sin leads ultimately to death and hell--eternal separation from God. In His goodness and mercy, God made a way for us to be reconciled to Himself. John 3:16 tells us, "God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
Jesus took our place. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. In John 11:25-26, He promised, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die."
As He hung on the cross, Jesus exclaimed, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46). He made it possible for us to do the same. When the time comes, our last words can be words of hope and faith and trust. We can look forward to our future home in heaven, where we will experience an unspeakable joy and unshakable peace that will last for all eternity.
Instead of a thing to fear or dread, death becomes our passageway to a glorious new world. The Bible tells us, "No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
If you haven't received Jesus Christ as your Savior, don't put it off another day! Take time right now to invite Him into your life. Confess your sins. Receive His forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.
You might pray something like this:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I turn now from my sins and receive You into my life. Thank You for sacrificing Your life to save me, then rising to life again that I may spend eternity in heaven with You. Help me to live my life in a way that pleases You, for whatever time You give me here on earth. Amen.
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