Famous Last Words
by Barry Shafer
November 17th, 2016

Last week it was famous first words. So, following the natural order, this week it’s famous last words. The phrase “famous last words” is usually uttered with tones of sarcasm, facetiousness, or of course, irony. But not at Easter. At Easter, certain “last words” from Scripture really are famous in that they carry hope and promise for the world, even when the words sound dark and final (i.e., “It is Finished.”)

Like last week, this post is simply intended to give you a five-minute break in your day, provide an opportunity to reflect on a few words from Scripture, and give you a chance to test your Bible acumen—connecting “famous last words” with the proper book. The first four passages you’ll see are last words from Jesus on different occasions at the time of His crucifixion and resurrection. Other passages are last words from New Testament letters—those closing moments when the writer was so brimming with gratitude that he just had to bust out a doxology–one of those famous benedictions crammed full of promise and hope.

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Barry Shafer has been communicating the truth of God’s Word since 1984 as a volunteer youth leader, youth pastor, pastor, author and speaker. Barry, with his late wife Dana, founded InWord Resources in 1996 to strengthen youth ministry with discipleship materials and experiences that meaningfully engage teens in Scripture. Barry is author of Unleashing God’s Word in Youth Ministry (Youth Specialties/Zondervan) and has written numerous teen devotionals and small-group Bible studies.

Barry holds a mass communications degree from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio). He lives in Middletown, Ohio with his infant son Reade and his wife Jessica, who happens to be a Grammy-winning opera soprano. If you’re curious about that fascinating world you can check out Jessica’s website here! [LINK: www.jessicarivera.com]

When Barry’s not studying, writing, being a diva spouse, or “daddy-ing” Reade, you can find him reading on the porch, biking on a trail, pulling for the Packers, or playing a little golf.

More of Barry Shafer: www.inword.org