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No way to live

Not all ‘famous last words’ are despairing, but consider the following: Frank Sinatra: ‘I’m losing it’. Graucho Marx: ‘This is no way to live’. Winston Churchill: ‘I’m bored with it all’. Joan Crawford yelling at her housekeeper who was praying: ‘Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me’.

What a difference it makes to know Jesus. It makes a difference to life and death and everything in between and all that is beyond. Here are the famous last words of some prominent Christians throughout history.

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) ‘I have pain, but I have peace, I have peace’.

John Calvin (1509-1564) ‘You, Lord, bruise me; but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is from your hand’.

John Bunyan (1628-1688) ‘Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will no doubt receive me… I hope we shall ere long meet to sing the new song and remain happy forever, world without end. Amen’.

John Newton (1725-1807) ‘I am satisfied with the Lord’s will’.

John Wesley (1703-1791) ‘The best of all, God is with us’.

William Wilberforce (1759-1833) ‘I feel so weaned from earth, my affectations so much in Heaven, that I can leave you all without regret, yet I do not love you less, but God more’.

John Bradford, English reformer (1510-1555) to a fellow martyr: ‘Be of good comfort brother, for we shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night’.

What a difference it makes to know Jesus.