Life as a Cross

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Although we will never suffer the way Jesus suffered, life is full of crosses we must bear. Our challenges must be faced with the confidence that everything is allowed by the hand of God.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’” Luke 23:46.

By the time Jesus formed these words He had been hanging on the cross for three hours.  Three hours of life draining from His body.  In His weakening state, no doubt His eyes met the eyes of His heartbroken mother.  I can’t imagine how emotionally exhausted He must have been as He watched one follower after another walk away.  The distant mocking and sarcastic ridicule must have echoed in His ears as life left His body.  And yet…it is written that He called out loudly the surrender of His spirit…called out above the chaos and rejection…above the pain and heartbreak…above the fear.  I would have thought at best He would have only been able to form a whisper on His lips.  But, His prayer was a battle cry for which He lived His life.  He knew that everything He was and everything He had was from the hand of God.  He had already committed His entire life to God and now it was time to commit His spirit.  These words were spoken as He was losing everything in life…reputation…relationships… respect … everything He had worked for.

What is it this morning that is losing its pulse in your life?  What threats from Satan are echoing in your mind as you hang in the balance of life?  What do you need to commit to God in your present situation? 

Life is all about gains and losses…joy and heartache.  Although we will never suffer the way Jesus suffered, life is full of crosses that we must bear.  Our lives must be about total surrender and sacrifice while on earth.  Whatever challenges we face must be faced with confidence that everything is allowed by the hand of God.  Our faith in God must be lived in a loud voice above our circumstances…outside of the fear…beyond our understanding.  We must commit it all to God if we are to impact the world and lead others into His hands.

Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God is heaven’ La 3:41.

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