He died on November 21st 1853 whilst leading a public worship service in Adelaide. He was reading the passage in John chapter 1, where John the Baptist denies being the messiah, and read the words
He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ.’” (John 1:20)
George Cole got to the last word in verse 20, and then collapsed and died. Thus he went to heaven with the name of “Christ” literally on his lips. He was 61 years old.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I rise to worlds unknown,
And behold Thee on Thy throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee. (from the hymn Rock of Ages)
What a way to go!
Everyman ready for glory!
Memorial to a church planter
From This side of heaven, Arnold D. Hunt, page 44