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What will be Written on Your Epitaph?

Start making a statement that's worthy of a king, your king who loves you more than you could ever know.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 15:26, ” And the inscription of His accusation was written above: The King of The Jews. “

Background

Mel Blanc was known as ” The Man of a Thousand Voices. ” His talents brought us such unforgettable characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, and the list goes on and on. It was Porky Pig’s voice that would close out those Warner Brothers cartoons with the famous line, ” That’s All Folks, ” and it was that line that Blanc had written into his will to be included on his gravestone. There are other folks who have chosen memorable inscriptions to mark their passing, some choosing humor while others chose lines more poignant. A tombstone in New Mexico reads, ” Here lies Johnny Yeast – Pardon me for not rising. ” One in Georgia says, ” I told you I was sick. ” Martin Luther King, Jr.’s marker has the final lines from his famous speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in which he quotes an old Negro spiritual, ” Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m free at last. ” These epitaphs are memorable, but they are not of the kind like the one that hung over the head of Jesus. His marker conveyed the crime for which He hung, the treason that He was accused of by those who were threatened by His godliness and His heavenly humanity. But it was also the most accurate thing that those who were blind in their sin ever said about Him. He was a king, and He was their king. But praise God that’s not all that He was.

Application

For kings live and die, and their legacy fades and their message gets replaced by the next on the throne. But Jesus was not just the King of the Jews. And we do not follow someone whose life and message ended with a tombstone. But one day, our lives will end and we will have no more message to tell. Then, what will have been said about you? What accusation will be written above your head? Some don’t care, while others just choose not to think about it. Regardless, you will be accused of something, whether here or somewhere eternal. How is that affecting the way you are living right now?

Charge

As we seek Him today, start making a statement that’s worthy of a king, your king who loves you more than you could ever know.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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