“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” John 19:28
Minute after minute and hour after hour Jesus hung on the cross. Every breath a supreme effort tearing flesh and creating more and more pain.
Finally, with dry throat and parched lips He utters a few words that can be heard only by those standing at the foot of the cross.
Who, among us today, wouldn’t run a mile to fetch Him a glass of water! Who wouldn’t want to provide Him with comfort?
But His time was short. His mission was nearly complete as He prepared for the final climax of His life – accepting and embracing my sins.
The Father had just left Him – spurned Him due to my sins.
I believe this surprised Jesus. He wasn’t expecting to be forsaken by God. He expected to be supported during His final minutes of suffering.
But the faith of Jesus was so strong, He withstood the separation. He withstood being abandoned. He was alone. All alone.
His “prayer life” sustained Him.
And there is a lesson here for you and me.
Prayer matters. As Jesus prayed, so should we, and I encourage you to spend serious time with God in prayer – personal prayer.
I praise God for listening and caring and loving.
What say you about God today?
Spiritual Exercise is an important part of my daily regimen, and it should be a part of yours too. If you spend an hour a day doing physical exercise to keep in shape, then why not spend an hour a day doing spiritual exercise? If you spend an hour a day in leisure activities like watching TV, then why not spend an hour a day with God?
If Jesus spent all night in prayer than why do we think we need so little?
Jesus would arise early in the morning and go outside and find a place of seclusion to pray. He spent time with the Father and received strength. It allowed Him to resist temptation. It allowed Him to succeed in His mission.
You and I can benefit much from studying the life of Jesus. It will give us the same power from the Father that He received. Power that will slowly change our desires to be more pure. Power that will slowly help us to dislike sinful things. When our desires and “likes” change we can be used by God as a sweet aroma to help others.
Salvation is a one-to-one affair. Family or church worship isn’t enough to form and grow a relationship with God.
So, join me and spend time with God. You’ll love it!
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Gerald E. Greene is the author of “Greene’s Bible Study Guide” available at amazon.com, bn.com and most on-line stores.