(Transcribed from actual tape) September 25, 1983
AM - Lord's Supper
A FINAL WORD
Somehow we always hang on the last words of an individual. Yesterday someone
was sharing with me about when their grandmother died. She said, "My grandmother
said, 'Just take me in the hospital.' And we were driving by that particular
hospital. 'And just let me check in for the night.' She says, 'I'm going fish-
ing in the morning.' And," she said, "that's the way my grandmother died, look-
ing forward to going fishing in the morning."
Last things. Last words. What one generation bequeths to another generation.
What a will says. Especially when we read the biography and autobiography of
famous men and women, we listen and see what they said prior to their death. Did
they ha.ve a chance to give a last word of challenge? Did they have another chance
to say a word about their faith? Did they say something to a child or to a grand-
child? Especially as we look at the life of Jesus Christ. We hold on to that
last discourse in the little upper room as He gathered those apostles around Him,
as they celebrated the Passover meal. What He said, we have read, we have studied,
we have listened to across the generations.
I think it's exceedingly appropriate as we face this time of revival, as we think
of telling others to be a part of our family from all over this city, that first
of all we look at ourselves. Now I don't know about you, but every time I look
in the mirror of my heart and of my conscience and of my life, it always calls
me to repentance. It always calls me to confession. And suddenly I see myself
the way God sees me. And instead of being filled with prid ...
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