Death Sermon Illustrations

Death Sermon Illustrations

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What They Said at Death's Door

Thomas Hobbs, a skeptic who corrupted some of England's great men: "If I had the whole world, I would give it to live one day. I shall be glad to find a hole to creep out of the world at. About to take a leap into the dark!"

Dwight L. Moody, just before his home-going: "I see earth receding, Heaven is opening. God is calling!"

Thomas Paine, a noted American infidel and author: "I would give worlds If I had them, that `The Age of Reason' had never been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help me! 0 God, what have I done to suffer so much? But there is no God! But if there should be, what will become of me hereafter? Stay with me, for God's sake! Send even a child to stay with me, for it is Hell to be alone. If ever the Devil had an agent, I have been that one."

Ben Hill, Georgia's silver-tongued orator, who, with flaming eloquence, espoused the cause of liberty and justice, triumphantly said: "Almost Home."

Napoleon Bonaparte, who changed the map of Europe, the military strategist of the ages: "I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ!"

Francis Voltaire, the noted French infidel. He was one of the most fertile and talented writers and strove to retard and demolish Christianity. His cry in health concerning Christ was, "Curse the wretch!" He said once, "In twenty years, Christianity will be no more. My single hand shall destroy the edifice it took twelve apostles to rear." Some years after his death, his very printing press was employed in printing New Testaments. Said he to his doctor, "I am abandoned by God and man! I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months' life. Then I shall go to Hell; and you will go with me. O Christ! O Jesus Christ!"

Charles Wesley, author of over 4,000 published hymns, which hymns contrib­uted largely to his brother's success. How different it is when he said: "I shall be satisfied with Thy likeness. Satisfied!"

John Wesley: "The best of all is, God is with us."

John Quincy Adams: "This is the last of earth. I am content!"

Jeanne d'Arc: "Yes, my voices were from God. My voices have not deceived me—Jesus!"

Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England: "The sweetest life in this world is piety, virtue, and honesty."

Ludvig von Beethoven, the deaf Prus­sian composer: "I shall hear in Heaven."

Mrs. Catharine Booth, wife of the general of the Salvation Army: "The waters are rising, but so am I. I am not going under, but over. Do not be con­cerned about dying; go on living well, the dying will be right."

J. Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln: "Useless! Useless!"

Elizabeth B. Browning, an English poetess: "We want the touch of Christ's hand upon our literature." At death's door, she said: "It is beautiful!"

John Bunyan, author of "Pilgrim's Progress": "Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who no doubt will receive me, though a sinner, through the mediation of our Lord Jesus Christ; where I hope we shall ere long meet to sing the new song and remain happy forever; world without end. Amen!"

Robert Burns, the Scottish poet: "I have but a moment to speak to you, my dear. Be a good man; be virtuous; be religious. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to be here."

John Calvin, the French Protestant Reformer, at Geneva: "Thou, Lord, bruisest me, but I am abundantly satis­fied, since it is from Thy hand."

Thomas Carlyle: "I am as good as without hope, and without fear; a sad old man gazing into the final chasm."

Karl W. von Humboldt, a German statesman, as he was gazing on the sun: "Those rays, they seem to beckon me to Heaven."

John Huss, Bohemian reformer and martyr. At the last moment the Duke of Bavaria asked him to recant, but he re­plied: "What I taught with my lips, I seal with my blood."

Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the great railroad kings of America. His wealth at death was estimated to be the largest ever bequeathed to heirs in the United States. When dying he said concerning the hymn: "'Come, ye sinners, poor and needy.' Yes, yes, sing that for me. I am poor and needy."

Adoniram Judson, American mission­ary to Burma. He wrote, "Come, Holy Spirit, Dove Divine," and other hymns. He died at sea, and his body was committed to the great deep. He said: "I go with the gladness of a boy bounding away from school. I feel so strong in Christ."

Sir Walter Raleigh, English admiral and courtier, beheaded: "It matters lit­tle how the head lies if the heart be right. Why dost thou not strike?"

Augustus M. Toplady, English minister, author of "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me": "The Celestial City rises full in sight, the sense of interest in the covenant of grace becomes clearer and brighter. The Book of Life is opened to the eye of assurance, the Holy Spirit more feelingly applies the blood of sprinkling, and warms the soul with that robe of righteousness which Jesus wrought."

Mrs. Ann Hasseltine Judson, mission­ary to Burma and wife of Adoniram Judson: "Oh, the happy day will soon come when we shall meet all our friends who are now scattered—meet to part no more in our Heavenly Father's house."

Charles IX. This cruel wretch, urged on by his inhumane mother, gave the order for the massacre of the Huguenots in which 15,000 souls were slaughtered in Paris alone, and 100,000 in other sections of France, for no other reason than that they owned Christ, and not the Pope, as their master. The guilty King died bathed in blood bursting from his own veins. To his physicians he said in his last hours: "Asleep or awake, I see the mangled forms of the Huguenots passing before me. They drip with blood. They point at their open wounds. Oh! that I had spared at least the little infants at the breast! What blood! I know not where I am. How will all this end? What shall I do? I am lost forever! I know it. Oh, I have done wrong. God pardon me!"

David Strauss, outstanding representative of German rationalism, after spending years of his life trying to dispense with God: "My philosophy leaves me utterly forlorn! I feel like one caught in the merciless jaws of an automatic machine, not knowing at what time one of its great hammers may crush me!"

Lord Thomas Cromwell: "Oh, God, I prostrate myself to my deserved punishment; Lord, be merciful to Thy prostrate servant."

George White field, an English evangelist, one of the most eloquent of pulpit orators. He refused to limit his ministrations to one denomination. He said: "Lord Jesus, I am weary in Thy work, but not of Thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for Thee once more in the fields, seal the truth, and come home to die."

William of Normandy. When he died he ordered his body to be placed in a stone coffin, and not buried, but placed under the eaves outside of the chapel, in order, as he said, "that the drippings of the rain from the roof may wash my bones as I lie, and cleanse them from the impurity contracted in my sinful and neglected life."—Selected.

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