Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words:

Convicted murderer Thomas J. Grasso used his last words to complain about his last meal. He said, “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.”

When Wilson Mizner, a successful playwright, best known for his bon mots was on his deathbed, a priest said, “I’m sure you want to talk to me.” Mizner told the priest, “Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been talking to your boss.”
 
Actor Michael Landon, best known for Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven, died of cancer in 1991. His family gathered around his bed, and his son said it was time to move on. Landon said, “You’re right. It’s time. I love you all.”

And according to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona, the Apple founder’s last words were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

You can read more of them here: 64 People and Their Famous Last Words

How often do we think what our last words would be to people we love? I am guessing not a lot. We all have this sense of immortality about us. To be honest, I didn't give it much thought until I had three heart attacks.

This experience caused me to be more intentional with life. When I found out the heart attack that I survived was the Proximal LAD Lesion also known as the Widow Maker—this is something many people don't survive. I had 93% blockage in this artery and 100% blockage in another.  

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My Last Words.

I believe many of us would say things like "I love you" or "I am sorry." We might give some life lessons about navigating the world. Maybe we would share our favorite things we love about each of them—the shape and color of their eyes, their scent, their dimples when they smile, the contagious sound of their laugh, or some favorite moment we shared with them.

N.T. Wright, when asked about what he'd say to his children and grandchildren on his death bed—commented that he would tell them to read the gospels more, "to look at Jesus."

These words are the words I would want to say to my family and friends if I were on my death bed. I would tell them to read the gospels more, to look at Jesus, and trust him.

Look at Jesus.

I find it fascinating when I read the gospels, I find this drive and passion in Jesus to make sure we see he and the Father are one—there is this completeness, a wholeness between them. The clarity and power in their unity drives, transforms, restores, and secures all things.

Jesus said,

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." — John 10:29-30


You want to see God, look at Jesus. He is God who came to earth to reveal all the aspects of the Godhead to us. God loves, God cares, God forgives, and God rescues. Jesus came not only to save the world from sin, but also to restore it—to make all things new. He wants to use you to show his acts of justice, reconciliation, and restoration of all things to him. 

I hope my last words to my family and friends help them know these things about Jesus and about themselves.