Summary: No matter how flawed we are or how many times we fail, it is your relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, that will dictate to the world, to your community, and to your family and friends (pause)…YOUR FAMOUS LAST WORDS!
Sermon: What will be “your” famous last words?
The Last Words of David…
2Sa 23:1 And these are the last words of David, the saying of David the son of Jesse, and the saying of the man raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet singer of Israel:
2Sa 23:2 The Spirit of Jehovah has spoken by me, and His Word is on my tongue.
2Sa 23:5 For is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things, and sure; for all my salvation, and all my desire, …will He not make it grow?
The last works of David…
1Ch 18:14 And David reigned over all Israel, and he executed judgment and justice among all his people.
My sermon text reveals the last printed words of David, King of Israel. Last words will many times reveal the passion or the purpose of a person’s life.
Do you remember Jesus’ last words on the cross just before he died? “IT IS FINISHED”
What was finished? ---His Mission. The Father had sent Him on a mission to die for sin; He had completed that mission and is now returning to the One who sent Him.
When a believer dies, their mission is finished, and they return to the One who sent them.
Eccl. 12:7 and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
The greatest example of that as of late is, that on January 17, 2021, my own mother finished her mission on this earth. Her Famous Last Words to me came in the form of a Text when she was too weak to talk. She wrote “Nealy, I love you dearly…All of you!”
The Apostle Paul’s last words are found in 2 Timothy 4 as he speaks to Timothy…
2Ti 4:2 preach the Word, be urgent in season, out of season, convict, warn, encourage with all long-suffering and teaching.
2Ti 4:3 For a time will be when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own lusts, they will heap up to themselves teachers tickling their ears;
2Ti 4:4 and they will turn away their ears from the truth and will be turned aside to myths.
2Ti 4:5 But you, be clear-minded in all, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully carry out your ministry.
2Ti 4:6 For I am already being poured out, and the time of my release is here.
2Ti 4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.
Those famous last words by Paul are beautiful last words, don’t you think?
I read somewhere that the most important marking on a gravestone is the Dash between the Dates. Because that is the time you live your life between your birth and your death.
Paul’s last words were words of encouragement to young Timothy, a protégé who will carry on the gospel after Paul has died.
Gene Cornelius was my High School baseball coach. He left several impressions on me that I can say are not only Famous Last Words, but life lessons. I remember one day at the Saltillo field, a man was cursing and swearing. Gene didn’t say anything until He heard Jesus’ name used in vain. As Gene was umpiring behind the plate, he called time out, turn to that man and said this, “you can curse and swear all you want at your house, but when you are here with other people and children, if I hear you use My Lord’s name in vain one more time, you will leave this place.”
I attended the funeral of Fred Hamman after he passed. At the funeral several people read letters that were found in Fred’s chested drawers, that he had written to God. They started out…Dear Jesus, and they ended, Love Fred. They talked about the weather and what was going on with his treatments. They were just random thoughts that Fred felt like sharing with his Lord. They were so sweet and so sincere, and so beautiful. l never forget that. To me, those were Fred’s famous last words.
The last words of King David were not actually on his death bed but were the last recorded poetic psalms of David. David went on living for a while as explained in Chapter 24 of 2 Samuel. Those words are of David in deep distress and in desperate need of repentance.
Do you believe in “deathbed” repentance? Many Christians do not.
I truly believe that if God didn’t forgive at the last minute, the section of scripture with the thief on the cross would not be in the Bible, where Jesus promises the thief that, “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.” I knew some people that waited until the end, and I believe that the angels sang glorious songs when they accepted Christ before they died. I also know others that have said things like – “Don’t you dare, pray for me!” or they would laugh in my face when I tried to share Christ. …and that, my friends, is very sad.