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 his last word.
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 an extraordinary 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 previous conversations I had with friends who have gone ahead.
Please allow me to share a couple of them. I got my friends’ 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. In March 2013, I learned of his condition, so I contacted him 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.
Indeed, we are saddened when friends and loved ones leave, but their last words bring comfort and hope.
We have the most excellent comfort and hope in Jesus Christ, who conquered death through his resurrection.
My friends, what would be your last words if you were to die today?
As you end your life on earth, will you bless or curse? Will you surrender humbly or struggle in pride?
In sudden death, some might have already ready their last will. 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 soul 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