Jesus called out with a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
Of the seven sayings of Jesus Christ on the cross, “Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit” is considered his last words. After saying this, he then breathed his last, according to Luke.
Take note that Jesus “called out with a loud voice”. Everyone around the area with eyes focused on the bodies hanging on the cross must have heard him.
The power of Jesus’ last words proves that he is the extra-ordinary person, God’s only Son whom He sent to redeem us.
In saying his last words, Jesus Christ submitted and committed his spirit to His Father, trusting and empowering Him to carry out His work beyond physical death.
The last words of Jesus make me think about the conversations I had with friends who have gone ahead.
Please allow me to share a couple of them. I got their last words from our conversation through Facebook.
Maricar was a classmate in high school. A year before her passing in July 2013, I contacted her via Facebook and ministered through prayers. Here are her last words:
Please pray for my total healing. I surrender everything to the Lord and I know my faith will heal me. thank you so much classmate. I really appreciate all your concern and prayers….
I met Brutus at Faith Baptist Church in Manila. His real name is Ephraim. In March 2013, I learned of his condition, so I got in touch via FB to encourage him. He rested peacefully on 12 April 2014. His last words:
God has been manifesting His sovereignty in my condition in so many different ways. Yes I still have many questions but I trust the Lord will carry me when I need Him.
Surely, we are saddened when friends and loved ones leave, but their last words bring comfort and hope.
The greatest comfort and hope we have is in Jesus Christ, who conquered death through his resurrection.
My friends, if you were to die today, what will be your last words?
As you end your life on earth, will you bless or curse? Will you surrender humbly or struggle in pride?
In the event of sudden death, some might have ready their last will already. I wonder if they have included their faith testament?
To whom are you giving your spirit? Make sure you are ready, humble and willing to commit your spirit to God.
The power of the last words transcends this world as we trust God to raise us from the dead and to go on living eternally in our new glorified bodies.
Think about firming up your last words now.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sunset at Fakaofa Atoll, Tokelau by Ross-Waugh