Dying Declaration

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And, bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”     –     John 19:30


Probably one of the most valuable pieces of oral evidence is known as the “dying declaration.”


I remember as a young police officer meeting the ambulance at the hospital to take the dying declaration of a man whose throat had been slashed in an argument over a parking place. Had it been necessary, I could be called to give that statement on his behalf in court.


The rationale is that a person facing death, knowing they are facing death, will, in those final moments, speak only things of truth and importance.


Jesus’ dying declaration is given to us in the verse above. Of course, He spoke only truth and things of importance, but these words should bring us great peace and comfort.


In His final moments on the cross, He was declaring our sin debt paid and His redemptive work done.


That’s a dying declaration we should love to repeat!

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