They might have thought they had succeeded; that their plot worked (Psalm 31:13), with His last act Christ showed them that this was His choice and that God was in control (Psalm 31:5). Jesus took a common Hebrew prayer and used it as a declaration of restoration; we had just seen the separation for our sake of God from God (John 19:30; Jesus calls out to God saying; “Eloi, Eloi”) and with the use of a single word we now witness the reunion (Luke 23:46; Jesus calls God by the more familiar term ; “Abba”). In re-establishing that wholesome union Christ showed us what could be for us; union with the Father. The separation of God and man was now over if only man would commit himself to God.
Committing oneself to God is an act of surrender we often struggle with but on that is necessary in the Christian walk. It is trusting God even when all seems bleak, it is knowing that no matter what happens God has a plan for you to bring you to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). Even in death we can trust God no matter the circumstances. Who had worse death circumstances than Christ and yet with His last breath He loudly and publicly declared His trust for God.
Jesus knew that when he gave up his spirit that it wasn’t over. He had complete trust that this wasn’t the end. He knew that He would continue to have life. He knew that once again in the future He would be in the presence of his Father. And because of that day when the Angel of the Lord said to the women at the tomb, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” We too can have victory over death and we can have confidence that our physical death isn’t the end.
“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.”
Think About This
What does the way Christ died and rose mean to you?
Dear Lord, Help me see and do things from Christ’s perspective. In Jesus name I pray. Amen