The Healer of Purpose

By admin On January 5, 2013 Under Spiritual

“Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.” – Luke 23:46

Many believe that we are only haphazard lumps of matter, formed over eons of time. Once we have propagated our species, our purpose here is accomplished. However, the Christian belief brings relevance far beyond that. This purpose is illustrated clearly in the seven last words of Christ on the cross.

Seven Last Words

The truest revelations about us come in the time of our greatest trials. It is then that the world can see who we really are and what our purpose is here. This is true about all of us, but it is especially true about Jesus.

In His greatest trial on the cross, there is only one way His character and the purpose of His life could be revealed. It couldn’t be revealed through His actions (He is nailed to a cross) or His thoughts (we can’t read them), only through His words. His final words say a lot about Him. They summarized what His purpose was and what ours should be.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Jesus died forgiving those who sinned against Him. The world needs forgiveness, both in receiving and in learning to forgive. So the first lesson Jesus taught on the cross is that we are here to forgive. Part of our purpose is to live to show forgiveness to those around us, especially toward those who wrong us. We should be more concerned with forgiveness than that we get vengeance.

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

It is amazing that with all that Jesus was feeling—venomous hate, the sin of all the ages, and separation from His Father—He was concerned with the salvation of the thief beside Him. Yet He was. Even then He was not too preoccupied to lead one of His children to paradise! Thus the second lesson Jesus taught on the cross was that another part of our purpose on earth is to bring men to God, to salvation.

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost and that is what He was doing on the cross.  Following His example will bring a powerful relevance into our lives.

He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” (John 19:26-27)

As Jesus is dying, His mother is on His heart. She was the neediest of all in the crowd around the cross and the pain-wracked soul of Jesus directs His sympathy toward her. So the third great principle for living that Jesus teaches from the cross is that we should never become so overwhelmed with our own pain that we lose sight of the needs of others. Selfless love brings us a purpose that will never die.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

These words teach us the seriousness of sin, that it seperates from God. It broke up Jesus’ relationship of eternal intimacy within the trinity! It did what nothing else in the universe could do. Neither men nor demons could separate Jesus from His Father, but sin could. This is the climax of His suffering.

When we see that every sin is serious because it wrenches us away from God, we come to a clear understanding that our purpose in life includes honoring God by separating our lives from sin by His grace.

“I thirst!” (John 19:28)

Jesus was experiencing the result of being truly human. He live like we should live: expressing the frailties of our humanity and our dependence. He was hungry, sleepy, happy, grieved, weary….thirsty.

Willingness to show our human weakness and learning to live dependently, sharing needs with others gives our lives relevance.

“It is finished!” (John 19:30)

Jesus died completing the work God gave Him to do. He completed the work of redeeming man and His work was finished. Most people come to the end of their life, but their work is not done. Many have no clue that there was even a work for them to do. Jesus shows us that there is a better way.

Saint Paul says that he “fought a good fight and finished.” That is way to live our lives with ultimate purpose. Not just living till it’s over, not just living till it ends, but living to finish the work God gives us to do.

“Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

God had promised to raise Him from the dead way back in Psalm 16 and He had often confirmed that promise to Him. Now Jesus dies entrusting Himself to the promised care of God.

In doing this, He shows us that we are to live committing our life, our death, and our destiny into the promised care of God. Saint Paul says we are to present our life and our death to God as a living sacrifice and trust Him for the outcome. Ultimately, God is in control of every aspect of our lives. Living with confident trust in Him gives us a significance, relevance, and purpose that overflows our lives and gives us an abundant reason to live.

Here We Have It

In His seven last words, Jesus showed us how to live with purpose in life. He gave us an example of why our lives are relevant. Because of this, we can live the same way.

* Some thoughts above were taken from a larger work by John MacArthur on the last sayings of Christ

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