John 19:28 (NKJV) Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst!
We come to the fifth of Christ’s seven sayings from the cross, and the lesson we now learn from our Lord, even in the midst of at times unspeakable suffering, is this: “submit yourself to the Word of God.” I am learning to submit to God’s word more each day, how about you?
Perhaps the human who suffered most in the Bible, besides (and of course not even approaching) Jesus, was the man Job. Yet Job, after losing his wealth, family, and health, testifies “My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined…I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:11-12). There is something about trusting God’s word even when we don’t think we can!
In my heart I feel this was primarily and perfectly the concern of Jesus, even as he prayed in the garden: “Not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). Again, the gospel of John records this rhetorical question, which Jesus framed for his disciples, “The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?” (John 18:11). In other words shall I not follow God when things in my life are spiraling out of control?
Is that your spirit? Are you willing to take the at times bitter cup of God’s Word and drink it completely? Do you trust God’s will enough to utterly surrender yourself to it, or do you pass the Lord’s commands through a mental cupbearer, testing its contents by the standard of your own reason or understanding?
Point to ponder- Jesus, even on the cross, was concerned that the Scripture be fulfilled, and our Lord did it by giving His life. Is that the great concern of your heart? You can begin now great people of God! Have a great Labor day weekend with your family and friends.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.