Summary: IN THESE LAST WORDS OF JESUS, WE SEE THE PRAYER HE OFFERED.THE PEACE HE EXPRESSED AND THE PATTERN HE SET.
THE LAST WORDS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS
Last words are important, especially of the dying. Last words usually indicate the kind of life you live. Someone said, said, you die as you lived.
There was a tour group that was going to the top of the Empire State Building. At about the 102nd floor, a woman asked the tour guide, “If the cables on this elevator break, do we go up or down? ”The tour guide answered, “Well, that depends on how you are living.”
"I read of a man who became famous through his restaurant business. He established eating places for thousands of miles from New York to California and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. When at last he was dying and on his deathbed, his family gathered about his bed to hear his final words. And while his last words may seem humorous, they were really tragic. As he lay dying he was heard to whisper over and over, cut the ham thin, cut the ham thin!"
Hobbs said, I shall take a leap into the dark, P. T. Barnum, “How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?”, Humphrey Bogart, actor, “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.”, Voltaire, I am burning up, Moody, This is my coronation day, and Fanny Crosby, I am going to Heaven. When Billy Graham’s maternal grandmother died, he said the room seemed to fill with a heavenly light. "She sat up in bed and almost laughingly said, " I see Jesus. He has His arms outstretched toward me. I see Ben (her husband who had died some years earlier) and I see the angels." She slumped over, absent from the body but present with the Lord.
Jesus last words were, Father into thy hand. He lived in the Father’s hands, now he dies in the Father’s hands.
Before Jesus can arise out of the tomb, He has to die and be laid in the tomb.
I-NOTICE THE PRAYER HE OFFERED:
A-These Words Are A Prayer:
Jesus began His ministry with prayer, now he ends it with prayer.
He prayed rather than retaliation, rather than condemning, rather quitting , He prayed in his darkest hour.
Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, "Brother, the grass grows on your path."
What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use--men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.(E.M.Bounds)
A man told his preacher, "I need a $100 desperately to pay a bill that is way past due. I’ll be in real trouble if I don’t get the money. I keep praying to God for help but He doesn’t seem to help me." The preacher said, "Don’t lose faith. Just keep on praying."
Well, the preacher thought about the man’s situation and decided he would help him out, so he decided to give him $50 of his own money. He met the man a few days later and said, "Here, God sent this to you." When the man got home, he prayed, "Thank you, Lord, for the money. But the next time you send money, please don’t send it through the preacher because he kept half of it."
AREN’T YOU GLAD THAT GOD DOESN’T HOLD ANYTHING BACK
So far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or over-indulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help.
B-These Words Are A Prophecy: Psalms 31:5
The "loud voice" cry is not the screaming of despair; rather it is the cry of unshakeable confidence.
His mind is saturated with the Hebrew Scriptures, His cry rings out through all Heaven, all Hell, and all Humanity, "Father, into they hands I commend my Spirit."
You see the Scriptures have been His great source of strength and satisfaction, who knows how many times He had repeated Psalm 31:5
HE WAS FULL OF THE WORD OF GOD, ARE YOU?
John Underhill -In January, 1984, I was painting the home of an 89-year-old lady in Spokane. She had a large family Bible prominently displayed on the coffee table and remarked that it was 116 years old and a priceless heirloom. I commented on how remarkable that was, and added, “It doesn’t matter how old the Bible might be, what’s on the inside is what matters.” She immediately replied, “Oh, I know. That sure is the truth. Why, we have family records and births and marriages and deaths that go so far back, all recorded in that Bible; we could never replace them.”