“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”

“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”

I wrote a series of devotion for my church on the Seven Last Words of Jesus for this Lent season and sharing them here. I am happy to discuss the answers to the questions in the comments below. So feel free to engage me in a dialogue. =)

Seventh of Seven Last Words of Jesus

Luke 23:46 (NASB): “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.

Theme: REUNION

Read: Luke 23:44-46.

  1. What does this last words of Jesus tell us about His relationship with His Father?
  2. Why do you think Jesus shouted this statement out loud and not whisper it as a prayer between Him and His Father?

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read John 14:1-6.

Jesus declaration is more than just a statement that He is going back home to His Father and He is not condemned to hell as the death on the cross would signify. When placed in light of what He told His disciples about His death, this reunion with His Father is for a greater reunion. The story of Jesus did not end here but in His resurrection & coming back again. His coming back is for a greater reunion that He has been working on and still is.

  1. How real is Jesus’ promise of a place in His home in your life? How much of your decisions in life is made based on this promised end?
  2. How will your life look like if most, if not all, of your decisions in life are made with this end in mind?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

 

  1. Ask the Lord to help you internalize this promise into your spirit with conviction that our end in Him is of reunion and rest in Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to search within the things and reas that are not aligned to this end, and maybe even distract you from entering into this promise. Submit yourself to the Lord in obedience.

SONG OF MEDITATION

Till I See You https://youtu.be/DsGF9xJl9ZY

The greatest love that anyone could ever know
That overcame the cross and grave to find my soul
And ’til I see You face to face and grace amazing takes me home
I’ll trust in You

With all I am I’ll live to see Your kingdom come
And in my heart I pray You’d let Your will be done
And ’til I see You face to face and grace amazing takes me home
I’ll trust in You

I will live to love You
I will live to bring You praise
I will live a child in awe of You

You are the voice that calls the universe to be
You are the whisper in my heart that speaks to me
And ’til I see You face to face and grace amazing takes me home
I’ll trust in you

You alone are God of all
You alone are worthy Lord
And with all I am my soul will bless Your name

You alone are God of all
You alone are worthy Lord
And with all I am my soul will bless Your name

“It is Finished”

“It is Finished”

I wrote a series of devotion for my church on the Seven Last Words of Jesus for this Lent season and sharing them here. I am happy to discuss the answers to the questions in the comments below. So feel free to engage me in a dialogue. =)

Sixth of Seven Last Words of Jesus

John 19:30 (NASB): “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

(From the Greek “Tetelestai” which is also translated “It is accomplished”, or “paid in full”.)

Theme: TRIUMPH

Read: John 19:30.

  1. What was finished?
  2. What does Jesus’ action in bowing His head and giving up His spirit tells you about His death? (Read John 10:11-18)

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read John 2:13-25; Mark 15:37-38.

As Singaporeans, we are familiar with the Malay word “habis”, meaning finished or the end. It carries a sense of resignation to undesirable outcomes. Yet Jesus’ declaration bears the meaning of mission accomplished. The veil of the temple was torn and made public the holy of holies that was forbidden to all people except the high priest on the Day of Atonement. The most important item in the holy of holies, the Ark of the Covenant which represented God’s throne on earth, was lost and not in the temple. The religious Jews probably will cry “habis” if they spoke Malay. The victory of Jesus is not apparent to all present at the scene.

  1. What significance and message do you see in the sign of the torn veil?
  2. What does the finished act of Christ on the cross mean to you personally? How has this changed your life?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

Be still in the presence of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if you the state of your “holy of holies” in your inner most being. It should not be a holy of holies without God on the throne. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you what are some of the things that you held on that hinder you from seeing the victory of Jesus in the many situations in your life. Let the power of Christ that overcome the cross and death fill you to live your life in His victory.

SONG OF MEDITATION

It is Finished https://youtu.be/RPQ_DK8gFbQ

There’s a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands an old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
To gain a man’s soul or it’s loss

On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha’s hill

The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God’s son, in the balance
And then through the darkness he cries

It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there’ll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord
Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging

Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were battlefields of my own making
I didn’t know that the war had been won

Oh, but then I heard the king of the ages
Had fought all the battles for me
And that victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise his name, I am free

“I am Thirsty”

I am Thirsty

I wrote a series of devotion for my church on the Seven Last Words of Jesus for this Lent season and sharing them here. I am happy to discuss the answers to the questions in the comments below. So feel free to engage me in a dialogue. =)

Fifth of Seven Last Words of Jesus

John 19:28 (NASB): “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Theme: DESIRE

Read: John 19:28-29.

  1. What the “things” that had been accomplished?
  2. What is Jesus thirsty for?
  3. Do you think there is significance in the use of hyssop? If yes, why?

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read: Matthew 25:31-40.

Not too long before the crucifixion Jesus taught the teaching recording in Matt 25:31-40. Jesus’ thirst on the cross was satisfied by sour wine, i.e. vinegar, given through a hyssop branch. The modern day church can satisfy this thirst of Jesus even though Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father. “I thirst, I quench” can be found at the entrance of every Mother Teresa’s missions chapel. Her desire was to “satiate the thirst of Jesus on the cross for the love of souls.”

  1. Have you ever fed someone who is hungry, give drink to one who is thirsty, clothe one who is naked, visit one who is sick or go to one who is in prison? If yes, what motivated you to do it? If no, what is stopping you from doing it?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

 

  1. Spend some quiet moments with the Lord and ask Him to help you experience His thirst. Allow Him to show you the things that you can do to quench His thirst and note them down. Take action on the things He showed you at the right time.

SONG OF MEDITATION

Break Our Hearts! https://youtu.be/7zGQL-O9aew

It’s time for us to live the songs we sing
And turn our good intentions into action
To bring the kind of worship you desire
And move beyond our self-absorbed distractions

Pre-Chorus
The mountains are shaking
Could this be a great awakening

Chorus
Break our hearts
With the things that break Yours
Wake us up to see through Your eyes
Break our hearts
With the things that break yours
And send us out to shine in the darkness

Verse 2
It’s time to move outside our comfort zone
To see beyond our churches and our homes
To change the way we think and how we spend
Until we look like Jesus again

Bridge
Here I am, send me
To be Your hands and feet
Here I am, send me, I will go

“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

I wrote a series of devotion for my church on the Seven Last Words of Jesus for this Lent season and sharing them here. I am happy to discuss the answers to the questions in the comments below. So feel free to engage me in a dialogue. =)

Fourth of Seven Last Words of Jesus

Matthew 27:46 (NASB): “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”” (also in Mark 15:34)

Theme: ABANDONMENT

Read: Mark 15:22-41.

  1. Is Jesus affected by the insults and jeering by the people around? What do you think was His feelings and thoughts? (Try not to project your own feelings and thoughts to Jesus but look for evidence in the Bible to understand His focus and mission.
  2. In what way(s) did God forsake Jesus?

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read John 8:25-30.

Jesus declared that all He said is true as His source is the Father who is true. It is baffling to human mind that Jesus is pleasing to the Father and yet He had to go through the suffering of the cross, even to the extent of being forsaken by God for that moment. The intimate relationship between the Father and Son is not self-contained, but self-giving even to the point of momentary giving up what is most precious to Them – their relationship. The Father’s suffering is as intense as the Son’s suffering when on the cross. If we as believers are one with Christ in His resurrection, we are too in His suffering.

  1. Read John 8:29 again. The reason why God never left Jesus was because He always does the things that pleased God. What is the key reason God left Jesus in Mat 27:46 since He was obedient to God even to death on the cross (Phil 2:8)?
  1. Do insults from people around you affect you more than the sacrifice of obedience to God?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

Spend quiet moments to allow the reason why God forsook Jesus on the cross to sink into your spirit. Reflect upon the motivation and focus of Father God and Jesus in this episode. Write in your journal your response and pray for God’s empowering to live out your response.

SONG OF MEDITATION

Paul Carr Seven Last Words from the Cross 4th Movement https://youtu.be/-6WC-tSRzRA

 

“Woman, behold, your son! Behold, your mother!”

“Woman, behold, your son! Behold, your mother!”

I wrote a series of devotion for my church on the Seven Last Words of Jesus for this Lent season and sharing them here. I am happy to discuss the answers to the questions in the comments below. So feel free to engage me in a dialogue. =)

Third of Seven Last Words of Jesus

John 19:26-27 (NASB): “When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

Theme: RELATIONSHIP & COMMUNITY

Read: John 19:25-27

  1. Why did Jesus call his mother “woman”? What were His thoughts and concerns at that moment?
  2. Who is “the disciple whom He loved”? Why did you think Jesus chose him to care for His mother?

Additional Reading: http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-third-word-from-the-cross

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read Luke 8:19-21 & Mark 10:28-30.

Jesus’ taught some hard teachings regarding following Him and family, perhaps even seemed like we need to choose either one. One of the strongest was “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” in Luke 9:61-62. There is no indication of Jesus advocating the severing of ties and responsibilities with family, but it is about priorities. Jesus being the first-born son of Mary took on the responsibility of caring for His mother after the death of Joseph while He was in ministry. It is natural for Him to make sure Mary was taken care off after His death. God ordains the structure of family and He requires us to respect and love the families He placed us in. Obedience to God comes first and we trust that He knows what is best for our families and us. There are times when God wants us to focus on His ministry but other times, on our families.

John was present with the others at the cross. There was nothing they could do for Jesus except for their presence that comforts. The close relationship John had with Jesus brought him to the foot of the cross. By being present, he was given the honor of caring for Jesus’ mother. The beauty of this scene at the cross is in Jesus, the natural and spiritual family becomes one as exemplified by Mary and John. The follower of Jesus has a larger family of God that extends beyond the natural family.

  1. How has juggling between following Jesus and family been for you? What are some of the challenges? Can any of the brother or sister in Christ help?
  2. Presence is important when people are going through difficult times. Maybe all we can do is to provide moral support and comfort, but sometimes, it is to help carry some responsibilities. Think about a time when you sit with someone who is in a difficult period in his/her life? How has that time impacted your friend and also yourself?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

Spend some quiet moments with the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to show you areas within you and your lifestyle that you need to grow so that you can be more a family to your natural and spiritual family. Take some practical actions in the week and see how God blesses.

SONG OF MEDITATION

Paul Carr Seven Last Words from the Cross – 2. Woman, Behold Thy son! https://youtu.be/s2zbrvS7X5A