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God’s Word while Walking it Out
Context: Matthew 27: 1-66
Focus: Matthew 27:50
Cross Reference: Luke 23:46
“Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last.” Luke 23:46
Focus Summary: After the hour of darkness Jesus feeling the separation from the Father, shouted with a loud cry, “Father into your hands I commit My Spirit.”
Reflection: There is no darkness that can separate us from the Father’s love. In those last hours, Jesus took on the condemnation of the world. In those last dark hours, He felt no comfort or love.
There may come a time in the believer’s life when the Lord’s voice is not heard at all, the circumstances so dark, there is no comfort even from God’s Word. But when in faith all is released into the Father’s hands, the darkness is pierced and His small still voice is heard again. “There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Kings 19:11-12, Romans 8:1)
Jesus did not judge even Himself, but released His Soul into the Father’s Hands.
Therefore, we are not to judge ourselves or others, allowing only the Father to judge our faith in Christ Jesus. ( John 12: 44-50).
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
His Complete Atonement Covers it All!
Response: Dear Lord, I’ve been in the darkest strangest place, but when I released it all to your faithfulness, light illuminated my understanding, and I learned to trust in your everlasting love and received your Peace. Before I knew it, today I receive it.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4: 6-8)
“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed”. 1 Peter 4:13