Can you think of any famous last words? Perhaps Julius Caesar’s “Et Tu Brute” or Groucho Marx’s “This is no way to live!” Often, a person’s last words can reveal what’s most important to them. Before Nathan Hale was hanged by the British Army, he declared: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” When Jesus was crucified, he made seven statements that revealed his heart, his divinity, and his humanity. During this season of Lent, join us in remembering the famous last words of our Savior.
- The word of Forgiveness: Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
- The word of Salvation: Luke 23:43 “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
- The word of Relationship: John 19:26–27 “Woman, look, here is your son! [John,] Look, here is your mother!”
- The word of Abandonment: Matthew 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
- The word of Distress: John 19:28 “I am thirsty!”
- The word of Triumph: John 19:30 “It is completed!”
- The word of Reunion: Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”