Into Your Hands… – Luke 23:13-49
Read Luke 23:13-49
Today I want us to start with a contemplative exercise. Divide the passage into three sections: verses 13-23, verses 24-43, and verses 44-49. Slowly read each section twice. Underline or circle words or phrases that stick out to you. Listen for the voice of God.
As I participated in this exercise, Jesus’s final statement stood out to me. According to Luke, as Jesus breathed his last breath he exclaimed, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” These words that Jesus uttered are from Psalm 31:5. In the Jewish culture, this text was regularly used as an evening prayer. As a child, Jesus probably prayed this prayer just before he went to sleep.
As you close, meditate on Jesus’s final words. Ponder the power of Jesus declaring a well-known evening prayer as he breathed his last breath. It signified the ultimate act of relinquishing control.
Jesus, as I exhale I surrender to you. Take my fear. Take my anxiety. Please, fill me with your peace today. Be glorified in my life. Amen.
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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL WRITTEN BY:
I serve as an assistant pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, where I oversee the ministry to teenagers and college students. I am passionate about helping children, youth, and adults learn how to hear and respond to the voice of the Triune God. I have a B.A. in business from Rhodes College and an M.Div. from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Most days you can find me exploring God’s creation or goofing off with my wife and two kids.