Today’s Reading: Luke 23:46
Today’s Reference: John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my had. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, an no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.”
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”
Jesus’ life wasn’t taken from Him. He delivered it up at precisely the moment He chose; it was the moment He had suffered the full measure of wrath for our sins and His work was done. Now He says “Father” again, as His Spirit wings its way home.
Hanging on a cross, in unimaginable suffering, beaten and bruised…Jesus was still in control. If He was in control then, how can we imagine He’s not in control now, seated with the Father in the fullness of His power?
Jesus knows when your last day will be. God has decided how your end will come. You may have time to gather your friends and family to say farewell. Or, you may be gone in an instant. But if you are in Christ, you do not have to worry about that day. It’s in the hands of the One who loves you best. All you have to do is be ready to say, “Here I come, Lord!”
Father, I worry about how and when I’m going to die. I fear accidents and illness. I release that fear to You today, acknowledging that every detail of my death is in Your loving hands.
In Jesus’ name, amen.