“Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit”

Luke 23b.png It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shinning. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the woman who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.                               Luke 23:44-49

It is true the man that walk among the disciples and mankind, has been crucified. These words that Jesus spoke from the cross were as follows, the first three where about His love for humankind. Then came the godforsaken cry, the heartrending, “I am thirsty!” the triumphant, “It is finished” and the final words of Jesus, Into your hands I commit My Spirit!” The work of salvation was perfectly and finally concluded, we can now be taken to God and never be forsaken by Him.

Jesus’ deathbed was a new cross, but there we learn how to die worthily. First, Jesus bowed his head in humble obedience to God’s will and with calm acceptance of what God inflicted upon him. How readily we question God’s will. Here Christ set the example of how to accept God’s will, even if it was a merciless and brutal death on the cross.

Secondly, Christ surrendered His Spirit to God. With this he, without uttering a word, said that His death was not his fate, but his privilege. This differs dramatically from those who don’t know God as Father (Abba). In their dying hours they are filled with anxiety and are deeply disturbed in spirit. 

Let us reflect on Jesus’ words on the cross and rate them at their true value. They are at times more serious and deeper than the words He spoke in his lifetime. In order to understand and appreciate salvation and redemption, we must understand and appreciate what Jesus said in His dying moments. 

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Second Sunday of Advent

Peace.pngWe began Advent last Sunday by lighting the first candle, the candle of Hope. We light it again today to remind us that Christ is coming to fulfill God’s promises. Today we light the second candle of Peace. The prophet Isaiah said, “Comfort, comfort my people” to a nation anxious about invasion and exile, as he foretold the coming of the Prince of Peace. Our world is still filled with violence and abuse, where families are torn apart by war and children used as soldiers. Isaiah’s words continue to speak to us that Jesus will bring us to an everlasting peace. Mary and Joseph found no room in the inn to give birth to Jesus, but we can heed John the Baptist’s command to make room in our hearts. Wherever there is war or mistrust between people, families, or our own hearts, God is present and leading us to imagine new ways of living in peace. Christ is our only hope, and our peace is found through him. We light this candle to remind us of Jesus’ life-giving peace to all who trust him. We light it in honor of those who live the Gospel truth that war does not make one great. It is the peace workers who risk much so that others may live without fear.

Prayer: We’re in trouble, Holy God. So many in the world do not know peace in their countries or in their hearts. We use weapons of steel and barbed words to wound one another. We seek balm for our restless hearts in the things that only make is more wounded. Open our hearts to Jesus so we may have the peace of his holy presence and live it in our unpeaceful world. Save us from outside violence and inner turmoil. We need you. Come, peaceful God, come.                            Amen

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Holy Whispers

1 Kings 19.pngAnd the word of the Lord came to him. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.                    (1 Kings 19:9b-12)

God is the Creator of the Universe, yet he choose to make His humble home in our hearts. It is there you know him most intimately, it is there God speaks to you and me in holy whispers. He knows this is more than we can even imagine, that someone so great and majestic would choose to live in someone so small and even so sinful. It is even so hard for me to imagine you Lord living within my heart, it is something at times that I struggle with to understand. Yet in spite of my short comings and regardless of me being a sinner you choose to dwell within my heart. It is times like this Lord in the quiet of the morning or perhaps in the evening that my spirit longs to be with just you. It is during these times my spirit hungry to hear your voice in guiding me to understand the “Great I Am”.  You are living in my heart because you deeply desire intimacy with me and I with you. I know that I am weak, and easily distracted by so many things in this world. Yet I want you to help me to hear your gentle whispers in my heart. I need to be still and very quite during these times to feel your presence, to Be Still and Know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Crucifixion of Jesus

As they were going out, they met a man Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charged against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS,                                              MATTHEW 27:32-37

 

SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS  I words on the cross.pngTwo other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, alone with the criminals-one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”                   Luke 23:33-34                               In spite of Jesus being beaten and tortured he stilled ask God to forgive them at that time as well as us today

“TRULY I TELL YOU, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE”2 theives 2.png

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!.” But the other criminal rebuked him, “Don’t you fear God,” he said. “since you are under the same sentence” We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man had done nothing wrong. Then he said ,” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43                                          As I read this words from the book of Luke today I think to myself, for the sins I also have committed in my own life in the past and the future, I doo not get rightly punish and the reason is that my Lord and Savior took my place on the cross on this day many years ago.

Mary and John
“Woman here is your son…”

In the Gospel of John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her “Woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, “Here is your mother” From that time on, the disciple took her into his home.

I could not even image what Mary felt within her soul as you watch her son who was innocent being crucified. Being a mom myself of a son I could never imaged watching my own son in the same place Jesus was, and yet Mary watch, at the child she once carried in a womb, of the child she held in her arms she watches as he has the weight of all the sins of the world on his shoulder, and yet Jesus does this for Y-O-U and for M-E because his love is that deep.Good Friday.2 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice,”Eli, Eli. lema, sabachthani? ( which means, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”)I am thirsty.png

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ” I am thirsty”. A jar of wine vinegar was there so they sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant and lifted to Jesus lips, When he had finished the drink, Jesus said:IT_IS_Finished_The_Hope_OF_Easter_Begins.jpg Then Jesus called with a loud voice “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS, I COMMIT MY SPIRIT”, When he had said this he breathed his last breath.7th word.png At that very moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to bottom. The earth shook, the rock split, and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tomb went into the holy city appeared to many. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, Torn Curtain.pngand exclaimed, ” Surely he was the Son of God .”