THE FIRST WORD
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Gospel of Luke 23:34
THE SECOND WORD
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Gospel of Luke 23:43
THE THIRD WORD
Jesus said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.”
Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother.”
Gospel of John 19:26-27
THE FOURTH WORD
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34
THE FIFTH WORD
Gospel of John 19:28
THE SIXTH WORD
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished;”
and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.
Gospel of John 19:29-30
THE SEVENTH WORD
Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
Gospel of Luke 23:46
Jesus came to the end of Himself. Surely, in life there will be those moments where you will come to the end of yourself too. No one is exempt from that truth. This is the one I had to elaborate on. The surrendering one…
Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
“Father, I surrender my spirit into your hands.
And he took his last breath and died.”
Luke 23:46[The Passion Translation]
After the confession on a surrender, He dies a natural death, which symbolizes our entire future.
We have to surrender ALL not partial. Even our spirit, we give it to God too. That is the part we feel the most. It hurts. Jesus cried out!!! This loud voice is telling us that He screamed! How many times do we cry out with that loud voice in our moments of agony. It is in the moments where we surrender our will, our hopes, our dreams and everything up to God.
- to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress
- to give (oneself) up,
- to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion, etc.
- to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.).
- to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.
- to give oneself up, as into the power of another; submit or yield.
In layman’s terms this is to abandon, abort, dismiss, leave, let go!
I thought this was something that could be done in a moment;
A point in time….
Nope! It is actually EVERY TIME!!!
We commend… that is to entrust. Jesus entrusted Himself to the Father. For this was the end of the rope for Him and the high call in fulfillment.
When you don’t give God all, what does that indicate?
Can you entrust God with your entire being?
Body, soul and SPIRIT?
You know who we trust… US. We trust our own judgment, thinking and actions. We think we’ve got a better handle on things. Until it all comes crashing down.
Have you ever had that, “THIS IS IT MOMENT?”
What was Jesus thinking of?!?! There is a passage on that.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Verse 13, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.”
“But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.”
Philippians 2:17 New International Version
But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.
Philippians 2:17 New Living Translation
Every time you die to self it causes a miracle reaction. For you and others around you. The same way in Acts 16 that Paul and Silas starting singing hymns in the prison ward. There was a miracle as the prison doors flew open. So when Jesus gave up His spirit in that moment, the prison doors of our lives flew open too. The veil was torn in two…paves the way for that open communication.
Each of us can come to say this prayer.
I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.
~Charles de Foucauld
Even When It Hurts
For you. For me. For us. ❤