The Last Word

The Last Word

The final words, the last thoughts.  It’s interesting to read of what some have been quoted as saying as their final words on this earth.    In Scripture, think about Stephen in the book of Acts who prayed, “Lord lay not this sin to their charge” while he was being stoned or the Apostle Judas who said, “I have betrayed innocent blood” before he went and hung himself.  We also read about great Christian men in years past such as John Knox, who was quoted as saying, “Live in Christ, die in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death” just before he passed away.  D.L Moody was was reported to have said to a group of boys huddled around his deathbed, “If God be your partner, make your plans large.”

Conversely, we read some sobering accounts of the last words of unbelievers.  The famous humanist Voltaire was reported to have said, “I am abandoned by God and man! I shall go to hell! O Christ, O Jesus Christ!” as he passed away while the atheist Edgar Allen Poe allegedly cried, “Lord, help my poor soul!” as he died.

In our reading today, we come to the last verse in the Bible- Revelation 22:21.  The final words, the final thoughts of the canon of Scripture.  The last documented words of the great Apostle John in which he exclaims, “The grace of the Lord be with you all!”   What a way to end a Book, what a wonderful final thought!   Grace-one of the most commonly used words in the New Testament as well in religious circles today. How would you define the word grace?  You’ve probably heard the simple definition of “unmerited favor” i.e, God giving us something we don’t deserve.  In what ways does God show grace?  Maybe a better question is how doesn’t He show us grace?  Health, strength to stay strong through trials, safety, the strength to get victory over sins, physical ability to do work, and on and on it goes.  We need God’s grace every day of our lives.  As we are reminded in James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”  May we lean strong on His grace today!

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