“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”

7 Last Words of JC

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”

7 Last Words of JC

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”

7 Last Words of JC

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?”

7 Last Words of JC

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!”

7 Last Words of JC

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

“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise”

7 Last Words of JC

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. =)

Second of Seven Last Words of Jesus

Luke 23:43 (NASB): “And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Theme: SALVATION & EVANGELISM

Read: Luke 23:35-43.

  1. Who is this “you” who will be with Jesus in Paradise? Is he deserving of this privilege?
  2. Why did Jesus offer him a place in Paradise, i.e. salvation?

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION

Read John 6:35-40.

It is ironical that a dying Man hanging on the cross offered the other salvation. What makes this even more interesting is that the dying man had the perception that the dying Man next to him was no ordinary man. In the paradox of this most unexpected circumstance, one who was condemned for death found salvation.

Jesus declared that He is the Bread of Life, that even at the moment before his death He was able to offer salvation despite the agony of hanging on the cross with death so close. The pain of the nail did not distract Him, the effects of blood loss did not blind Him, and his heavy breathing did not deafen His ear to this man. Definitely not the best time to evangelize when He was in pain and agony – do bear in mind that Jesus is fully human. Jesus kept to His promise that whoever comes to Him, He will not reject. He extended Himself beyond His own circumstance to this man.

  1. How do you think Jesus was able to extend Himself beyond His personal situation to this man?
  2. Jesus set the example for us in reaching out. How can we learn from His example in fulfilling the Great Commission?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION

Take some quiet moments with the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what are some of the fears you have that hinders you from extending beyond your circumstances. Invite Jesus to help you overcome these fears so that you can be effective in doing His work, even in the most uncomfortable and trying circumstances.

SONG OF MEDITATION

Knocking on the Door of Heaven https://youtu.be/vepVHDdMMLk

We will give ourselves no rest
‘Till Your Kingdom comes on earth
We’ve positioned watchmen on the walls
Now our prayers will flow like tears
For You’ve shared Your heart with us
God of Heaven, on our knees we fall

Come down in power, reveal Your heart again
Come hear our cries, the tears that plead for rain

We’re knocking, knocking on the door of heaven
We’re crying, crying for this generation
We’re praying for Your Name to be known in all of the earth
We’re watching, watching on the walls to see You
We’re looking, looking for a time of breakthrough
We’re praying for Your Word to bear fruit in all of the earth
All of the earth

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing”

7 Last Words of JC

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. =)

First of Seven Last Words of Jesus

Luke 23:34 (NASB): “But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.

Theme: FORGIVENESS & LOVE

Read: Luke 22:47 – 23:34.

  1. Who are the “them” that Jesus referred to and what did “they” do that required forgiveness?
  2. In your opinion, do you think “they” deserve forgiveness? Why?
  3. Spend some quiet moments before the Lord and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you people whom you need to forgive, or even yourself. Allow the love of God to fill you and release forgiveness and love to the person(s).

JESUS’ TEACHING AND APPLICATION
Read Matthew 5:43-48.

On His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus not only taught about forgiveness but a leap further to love our enemies. There are two levels of forgiveness had to be extended – from Jesus the person whom the wrong was done, and also from God the Father who loves Jesus whom the wrong was done.

Our Teacher not only taught in words, He demonstrated the lesson in action to the fullest. Instead of feeling indignant and angry towards His aggressors, Jesus chose to love them before they were repentant, even while they were still doing wrong to Him. From another perspective, what were the chances that Jesus needed to forgive the people when His heart was so filled with love for them? Perhaps this casts some light to Paul’s commendation, Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8 (NASB)

  • Who was Jesus’ focus when He was going through the wrong?

REFLECTION & MEDITATION
Think of moments in your life when you have been wronged and treated unjustly that may have cost you much. What were your thoughts and emotions? Who was the focus in your thoughts, emotions and actions in the process? What can you learn from the example of Jesus and His teaching that you can apply to the situation in the past, present and even future?

SONG OF MEDITATION

Forgiveness https://youtu.be/FRow02vAWwM

It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve

It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just to real
It takes everything you have just to say the word…
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you
Forgiveness, Forgiveness
Forgiveness, Forgiveness

Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible
Forgiveness

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me
Forgiveness, Forgiveness