The Last Words of Jesus and Why They Still Matter

Famous “last words” are a special form of quotation and perspective that fascinate many people. Have you ever considered the last words of Jesus and what we can learn from them?

Words from the Cross

  • Luke 23:33-34 — words of forgiveness that encapsulate his entire mission.
  • Luke 23:39-43 — words of assurance that there is more than meets the earthly eye.
  • John 19:25-27 — words of compassion that reveal his concern for his loved ones.
  • Matt 27:45-46 — words of anguish that convey the horrific consequences of sin.
  • John 19:28 — words of suffering that demonstrate his relatable humanity.
  • John 19:30 — words of victory that reflect the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose.
  • Luke 23:45-46 — words of submission in anticipation of a reunion with his Father.

Words after His Resurrection

  • Matt 28:10 — words of reassurance that there is nothing to fear.
  • Luke 24:36-39 — words of verification that he had indeed conquered death.
  • Luke 24:44 — words of perspective on the big picture of God’s revelation to mankind.
  • John 20:29 — words of blessing for those who believe though they have not seen.
  • John 21:15-17 — words of restoration that testify to the grace of God.
  • Matt 28:18 — words of supreme authority as the central figure in all of human history.
  • Matt 28:19-20 — words of commission that shape the rest of his disciples’ lives.

Words at the Close of God’s Written Revelation to Mankind

  • Rev 22:12 — words of coming judgment and inescapable accountability to God.
  • Rev 22:13 — words of context that focus the universal reason for everything on him.
  • Rev 22:16 — words of concern for his churches.
  • Rev 22:20 — words of promise that he is coming again.

This sermon was delivered on March 31, 2013.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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