2006-04-14 - The Last Seven Words of Christ ~ Final Part
Luke 23:46 (NASB) And having cried with a loud voice, Jesus said, `Father, to Thy hands I commit my spirit;' and these things having said, he breathed forth the spirit.
To whom or what are you committed? What / who will you stay with, through thick and thin? How about your favorite sports team? My husband and I have always been faithful Braves fans, but when we first moved to Georgia in the 80s, when he asked coworkers about buying tickets, they looked at him as if he were an alien species. "Why would you want to do that?!" they exclaimed. That week, went to a game with only 2000 fellow fans. Several years later, when the Braves led their baseball division. tickets were scarce and valuable. "Fair weather fans."
Are you a "fair weather Christian?" Or are you committed to God, thick or thin? If you lose your home in a tornado or hurricane, or lose a beloved family member to cancer, will you remain faithful to God? What if you go from being healthy to being paralyzed for life? Would you still be able to say along with Job (1:20), "The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised"?
What if you were hanging on a cross, feeling forsaken by God, and dying a torturous death usually reserved for criminals, as Christ did for us? Even after the unimaginable physical and emotional suffering, Christ commirted himself fully to God. Can we do any less?
I hope each of you has a Joyous Easter!
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