Daily Lectionary: Job 6:14-30; John 3:22-4:6

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. (Psalm 31:5, from the introit for Quinquagesima)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. This is the prayer Jesus prayed from Calvary. It’s what He prayed right before He died. He had suffered so many things. He was betrayed by Judas. All the other apostles abandoned Him. He underwent a phony trial. He was beaten. He was made fun of. He was ridiculed. He was forced to carry His cross. He was crucified. He was mocked even more. He was abandoned by His Father: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Finally, He died. But even though He had suffered so much, Jesus could still pray right before He died, “Into Your hand I commit my spirit.” Yet Jesus didn’t stay dead. On the third day He rose, and the rest of this prayer was answered on that day: “You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” Jesus was redeemed, rescued from death and the grave.

All that Jesus did was for you. It couldn’t have been any other way. The Lord made a promise to Adam and Eve and throughout the rest of the Old Testament, and the Lord never goes back on His Word, His promise. Because of what Jesus has done for you and delivered to you from Font, pulpit, and altar, this prayer is yours, too. Since you’re in Jesus, Jesus’ words are your words—they’re true for you.

No matter what happens in your life the Lord is on your side. Your heavenly Father won’t abandon you. In spite of all that goes wrong in your life, the hurts, the pains, the sadness, the stress—He sent His Son for you. He hears your prayers: your prayers in need, your prayers of praise and thanks, your prayers when death draws near. He doesn’t just hear them. He grants them! He did it for Jesus. He does it for you, too, because you’re in Jesus. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Lord, when my pow’rs are falling, My breath comes heavily, And words are unavailing, O hear my sighs to Thee. (For Me to Live Is Jesus, LSB 742:4)

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