“The Last Word” by Pastor Malcolm Macqueen
Last words are spoken by people who are about to die. Many famous peoples last words have been recorded. For instance, Hudson Taylor, founder of China Inland Mission, in the closing months of his life said to a friend, "I am so weak. I can't read my Bible. I can't even pray. I can only lie still in God's arms like a little child and trust." John Bacon, eminent 18th-century English sculptor, said on his deathbed, "What I was as an artist seemed to be of some importance while I lived, but what I really am as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only thing of importance to me now."
Not all last words were so peaceful or positive. Mahatma Ghandi on his death bed said, “My days are numbered. For the first time in 50 years I find myself in the slough of despond. All about me is darkness…” The last days of British statesman and colonial leader Cecil Rhodes were marked by grave disappointment. He died from heart disease at a time when he was beset by personal scandals and discredited by unwise political decisions. Lewis Mitchel, who was at Rhodes's bedside in his cottage near Cape Town, South Africa heard the dying man murmur, "So little done, so much to do."
The last word I want to consider from the above text wasn’t spoken by a dying man. He had already died, been buried and had risen from the grave on the third day, but the Lord Jesus was speaking as a man departing this earth to return to His Heavenly home. Let us consider what He was saying to Peter.
1. Follow me. There are some things that we as Christians need to hear over and over again, until we understand what our role and responsibility in this Christian life is. It is interesting to note the first words that Peter heard the Lord Jesus say to him were, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19.
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