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Lenten Devotion Day 39 - It's Under Control

By Jonathan Hoeldtke in Woodstown Presbyterian Church almost 6 years ago | 781 views Link:

Day 39 of Lent
Title: “It’s Under Control”
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
We are close to the end of our Lenten devotion. While there are many aspects of Jesus’ death that impress me, one is more pronounced in my study for this sermon series. Jesus was in control from start to finish – even his last breath. He wasn’t a victim. This wasn’t an accident. The suffering was his choice. His death was his choice. There were opportunities to save himself (the onlookers were right). He supposedly could have saved himself some suffering by taking the wine mixed with myrhh. Even at the last moment he decides when it is finished. He decides when to give up his spirit.
Earlier in John 10:17-18 Jesus says, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.”
Did you see that? No one takes his life. He lays it down by choice. So, when Jesus gives up his spirit it chose to do it. Without that choice of dying we have no choice but to die ourselves.
Why is it important that Jesus was in control of his death? Because if he is in control of his own death then he is trustworthy to be in control of life. You can’t control God. He won’t let you. Just like he won’t let you have control in giving life to you. He lays down his life on his own accord. He gives his life to you in the same way. By choice. Thank God He gives it freely and graciously without letting you control it.
Suggested Prayer
Thank the Lord for this day in which remember Jesus’ sacrifice. Hopefully, you found an appropriate way to honor his death. Take some time right now to express your love for Him.


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