Famous Last Words
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on May 13th, 2015

​And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."
Mark 16:15

Last words are important, profound; when someone speaks with their final breaths, people listen. Their loved ones want to hear and remember.
  • ​Blues singer Bessie Smith died saying, “I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.”
  • Frank Sinatra died after saying, “I’m losing it.”
  • Actor Michael Landon, best known for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, died of cancer in 1991. His family gathered around his bed, and his son said it was time to move on. Landon said, “You’re right. It’s time. I love you all."
  • Football coach Vince Lombardi died of cancer in 1970. As he died, Lombardi turned to his wife Marie and said, “Happy anniversary. I love you.”
I can't even begin to imagine what my last words would be to my family. The one final most important thing to me that I would want them to carry with them the rest of their days. 

One man stands unique among all others,
for many reasons really but in this respect particularly
because He actually spoke His final words - twice.

As Jesus hung beaten and broken on the cross with His life draining from His body, with His final breaths he spoke quite possibly the most famous last words in history, "It is finished."

But His story didn't end there.

After Jesus' death and resurrection, He walked this Earth another 40 days before His ascension to Heaven. (Acts 1:3)

And although the disciples may have recorded His exact words differently, each account expresses Jesus charge to His disciples... go and tell.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
Matthew 28:18-19

​Jesus could have said a lot of things, after all He knew every detail of every secret of this world, but He didn't.  He could have answered all of the disciples questions, but He didn't.

Jesus had spent His ministry teaching those disciples and being a living example, so for His final instructions, His final words to them were simple .. go and tell everyone about me.

"​But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8
​“[Jesus] plan called for action, and how He expressed it predicted its success.
He didn't say "you *might* be my witnesses,"  or "you *could* be my witnesses,"
or even "you *should* be my witnesses."
He said "you *will* be my witnesses.” 
Charles Swindoll

​As modern day disciples of Christ, His final words are for us too ... go and tell everyone about me.  

Some travel the world, some just down the street; some speak to crowds of thousands, some to only their family; but you can be assured, as God's children, He brings all of us to an audience. 
  • Am I attentive and responsive when God sets a divine appointment and sends someone across my path?
  • Am I attending church, studying my Bible, reading devotions but hoarding instead of sharing God's messages?
  • Are my words witnessing for Christ but my actions and social media witnessing for the world? 
Heavenly Father, could I ever have anything more important to speak about than your love and grace and forgiveness? Forgive me for all of the missed opportunities, for all the times I made speaking of you more complicated that it should have been. Thank you for your son, for his life, for his death and for his resurrection; thank you that you loved each and everyone of us so much that you provided an atonement for our sin so that we, being so pitiful and wretched and filthy in our sin, could be made clean and holy and spend our eternity in glory with You. Oh thank you and praise you Lord! My earnest prayer Lord, is that my words spoken here, in public and at home, that my life that others see and the life that only my family sees always bring glory to You. In your son's name, AMEN.
Blessings Soul Friends, 

​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a blogger, graphic artist, Bible teacher and speaker passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ.
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