Lent Devotion for March 26 - Fourth Sunday in Lent
"Into Thy Hands, I Commit My Spirit"
Reader: "The words of the Savior,"
Response: "As he leaves this earth."
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:5
I entrust my spirit into your hand. Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:45-46
The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted. ‘Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ and with those words he breathed his last.
Reader: “The word of the Lord."
Response: “Thanks be to God.”
David’s psalm reads very much like one facing uncertain death. He is hated and his enemies are plotting his death. In the midst of these circumstances, David put his trust in God. Another way to say it is he relinquished control of the timing of his life into God’s hands. Jesus’ life was not taken by anyone; it was given as is so clearly shown here. He is in complete submission to the will of God for his life. Jesus was in perfect command of the situation even in his agony because of entrusting all to his Father. In the passage in Luke, Jesus repeats David’s phrase almost verbatim. Here again an Old Testament passage is a shadow of the New Testament reality. King David experienced an earthly deliverance in this psalm. King Jesus, experienced the heavenly deliverance via the earthly cross and death. Ironically, the path to heaven went through the grave. The world was dark. As in Genesis, here again God separated the light from the darkness. In the death of Jesus, the world became dark. Had he not risen, it would have remained truly dark. But, God tore the curtain in the Temple from top to bottom, from heaven to earth, and the darkness ended. Humans could now enter the light of the presence of God through their Savior. That “entrusting” by Jesus so long ago has life-changing impact on life today. Jesus’ words, ‘Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ is not a bad way to begin every day. It’s the key to experiencing the Light of the World. May that your prayer today and see what happens!
MUSIC: "Light of the World” by African Children’s Choir
Heavenly Father, your love, timing, and care for your children are perfect…always. Forgive us when we doubt your love, are frustrated at your timing and wonder if your care for us is really the best …after all, you are on an eternal clock. You are utterly faithful in ways we never experience except with you. May our “experience with you” become more and more ordinary that we would consciously live more and more in your eternal time and celebrate the “today” in the heavenly realm. ‘Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ This we pray in the name of our faithful Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen.