“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”, and when he had said this he breathed his last. – Luke 23:46
Today we read of two deaths. King Saul dies by his own sword in first Samuel, his body strung up by his enemies. And Jesus dies by the hands of those he came to save, hung upon a cross. One king was self-serving, even in his dying. The other King thought of others, even in the affliction suffered by those he forgave.
It leaves a sobering thought, that these two scenes read together, paint a picture of our own folly. It gives us a humbling insight into the heart of God. Unlike Saul, who took his own life, Jesus, who came into His own creation emptied himself of his kingship by taking the form of a slave and be buried like all men, he gave his life for the very ones who tortured him, and for us.
Let us take time today to meditate on the suffering servant who gives his life that we might live abundantly.
May God bless you.