THE HEART OF THE FATHER COMMUNITY OUTREACH MINISTRY
Significance of His Last Words
This passage is a moving account of Jesus’ dying words. When everything was said and done, Jesus’ work on the cross was all but complete, and his proclamation, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” finished the work. The significance of Jesus’ statement lies in a conversation he had with religious leaders about his role in God’s great plan:
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I make take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father. (John 10:14)
No one truly took Jesus’ life from him. God had given him a specific task. That task was to lay down his life on behalf of the world (John 10:18).
Just as it was Jesus’ God-given task, it was also Jesus’ choice to lay down his life.
When we read of Jesus before his crucifixion, the gravity of this choice becomes even more apparent. In Luke 22:39 Jesus spends an intense evening in prayer, wrestling with the reality of the task ahead of him. Going so far as to ask God to remove the task, to make another way, Jesus ultimately concludes that God’s will must be done.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
( John 14:1-7 )
Create in me a pure Heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalms 51:10)
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation the old has gone the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Roman 5:1)
The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made (Psalm 145:13)
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you (Psalms 55:22)
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
It’s so easy to become discouraged in doing what God has told us to do. Few may even notice that you feed and clothe the poor, welcome strangers, and visit the sick and those in prison (Matt 25:35-36), including the shut-ins, those in orphanages and in nursing homes (James 1:27), but think about this; someday Jesus will say to you “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt 25:23) because as He sees it, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). Moses grew old but not weary, as it says in Deuteronomy 34:7 “Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.” The season for reaping is coming (Rev 1:7).
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 King James Version (KJV)
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
The Lord is Good, a refuge in times of trouble He cares for those who trust in him.
Taste and see that the Lord is good blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.