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Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

The March 14, 2012, edition of Our Daily Bread, shared an interesting analogy of the passage John 14:1–3.

Life is a risky enterprise. Sometimes we fly high, enjoying great success. But then suddenly we fall into deep disappointments and the haunting reality of failure, leaving our hearts wondering if there is anything worth looking forward to.

At a funeral recently, the pastor told the story about a trapeze artist. The performer admitted that although he is seen as the star of the show, the real star is the catcher—the teammate who hangs from another trapeze bar to grab him and guarantee a safe landing. The key, he explained, is trust. With outstretched arms, the flyer must trust that the catcher is ready and able to grab him. Dying is like trusting in God as the catcher. After we have flown through life, we can look forward to God reaching out to catch His followers and to pull us safely to Himself forever. I like that thought.

This reminds me of Jesus’ comforting words to His disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled … I go to prepare a place for you. And … I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Life is indeed a risky business but be not dismayed, rather, be encouraged! If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Catcher is waiting at the end to take you safely home. If God were to call you home at this very moment, could you, with confidence, say as Jesus did in His final statement before He died upon the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”?

This Sunday, we’re going to be eavesdropping once more on Jesus and His conversation with His Father as He was finalizing the sacrificial act of our redemption.

John

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