Saturday – What now?
“And Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.’ Saying this, he breathed his last.”
– Luke 23:46 (CSB)
So this is it! Today is the final devotion in this “SEVEN” series. I pray that your life has been blessed by your devotion, not to this church or even to this sermon series, but to God. Some have shared with me that the past seven weeks have either been the first time they have had a devotional time or at least the first time they have kept their devotional time with God. Friends, there is nothing better you can do, then spending time alone with God. In fact, God desires it more than you could ever imagine. James 4:7–8a (CSB)7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
It is also my prayer that we will never look at the cross of Jesus Christ the same again. What have you learned through this study of His final seven statements from the cross? How has your life been changed by your better understanding of all the He endured for you?
You see, it is impossible to know and understand the suffering that Jesus did for your sins, and not be changed. Consider the response of those at the cross:
Luke 23:47–48 (CSB)
47 When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, “This man really was righteous!” 48 All the crowds that had gathered for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, went home, striking their chests.
The centurion (soldier in charge of 100 men) saw the way that Jesus was crucified and how Jesus responded, he saw the darkness that covered the land, he heard Jesus (a dying man) cry out in a loud voice. And his response? “This man really was righteous!” Translation: Jesus really is who He said He was! And what about the crowd? They went away “striking their chests”, which was a sign of their guilt for crucifying an innocent man.
How about you? How has the knowledge of the cross of Jesus Christ impacted you? Will you accept Him as Savior? Will you entrust Him will all your life? Will you be more committed to sharing His Gospel? Will you continue in your daily time alone with God? What now? How will you be forever changed from the seven sayings from the cross?
If you missed Week 7’s devotional video, click here.
For a printable version of this week’s devotionals, click here. Seven – Week 7 – David