Surrendered to the End
Verse 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last.
Yesterday we discussed how Jesus’ death tore the barrier down between us and the holy God. Today we look more at what His death said about Him and what it means for us.
When Jesus said the words from our key verse He was declaring that He had done it! He had endured until the end of His earthly mission. He had completely fulfilled the task of redemption. He had paid the price that only He could pay.
This was the final piece of Jesus’ surrender to the Father and His will. The Trinity had set this plan of action and then Jesus had come as the tiny babe. This was the beginning of His example of surrender to the Father. He gave up everything that was His in Heaven to come to earth to give up everything. He had given up His glory to become a helpless infant to a poor couple. But what He didn’t do was lose sight of the plan. As early as 12 years old we see signs that He understood His life wasn’t a normal life.
The older that Jesus became the more He honed into what He was mission was. It was as if His human mind was aligning with His God nature. This aligning His human nature to His God-given mission brought about the needed surrender to the eternal plan. This surrendering of heart and mind to God was what brought Him to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion. It was this surrendering that was evident throughout the trials. And this surrender took Him through the pain of being nailed to the cross. Ultimately this is the surrender that kept Him on the cross through all the painful taunts and seeing His mother there with her heart breaking. His surrender was strong enough to carry Him through His darkest hour.
His example of pure surrender should spur us on to full surrender of our own. We may find it easy to surrender to Him when we agree with what He is telling us to do, but those moments that He is asking something of us that we don’t want to do will reveal the true depth of our surrender.
Making It Personal
What would you say is your level of surrender to God? Do your choices reflect that? What is something you struggle to surrender? What does your struggle to surrender tell you about the level of your surrender?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to surrender? Is surrendering to Jesus hard? What is something that God wants you to surrender?
Father, we regret the times that we have not followed Jesus’ example of full surrender. Give us the strength to lay down our will to Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.