Queen Elizabeth vs. King Jesus

In A.W. Pink’s book The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross (Baker, 1984 [1958]) he references another book on Christ’s last words by Dr. Anderson-Berry in which he “makes use of an illustration from history which by its striking antithesis shows up the meaning and glory of the Finished Work of Christ.”

Elizabeth, Queen of England, the idol of society and the leader of European fashion, when on her death-bed turned to her lady in waiting, and said: “O my God!  It is over.  I have come to the end of it – the end, the end.  To have only one life, and to have done with it!  To have lived, and loved, and triumphed; and now to know it is over!  One may defy everything else but this.”  And as the listener sat watching, in a few moment more the face whose slightest smile had brought her courtiers to their feet, turned into a mask of lifeless clay, and returned the anxious gaze of her servant with nothing more than a vacant stare.  Such was the end of one whose meteoric course had been the envy of half the world.  It could not be said that she had “finished” anything, for with her all was “vanity and vexation of spirit.”  How different with the end of the Saviour! – “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.”

(p. 110)


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