What we say in the end of our lives will often give a glimpse of what we stood for and what we lived for. What would you like the postscript of your life to be? What would you like to be your famous last words?
It’s fascinating what people say in the end.
Author Oscar Wilde’s last words were, ‘either this wall paper goes or I do.’ I’m not sure about the wall paper, but Oscar went.
US General John Sedgwick (1813-64), in response to a suggestion that he should not show himself over the parapet during the Battle of the Wilderness said, “Nonsense, they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” They didn’t need to hit an elephant, just him.
US theatre producer, Charles Frohman, who had produced Peter Pan paraphrased a line from it as the ship he was on, the Lusitania was sunk during WW1, he said, “Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.”
When Jesus hung on a cross, after being falsely accused and illegally arrested. When people gambled for His clothes. When they mocked and ridiculed Him, astonishingly He said, “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.”
The image of the God of the universe dying on a cross for what I have done wrong and what you have done wrong, if we are honest is a little bizarre. In case it just seemed too unbelievable, too hard to believe, then Jesus emphatically stated that he was there to forgive us. It was His choice. His intention to restore our broken relationship with God was clear as he cried out, “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” He wanted you and I to know, whatever we have done, he is ready to forgive. He was serious enough about it to give up his life for it.