Ever see children play the “falling game”? One kid stands about two feet behind the other. The one in front intentionally leans backward and falls, trusting that the one behind will catch her. That momentary buzz of terror is what makes the game fun—you’re pretty sure the other person will catch you, but there is still that little jolt of fear and panic that makes your adrenal glands fire.
Jesus had come to the final moment of decision—would he use his almighty power to burst from the cross, self-heal his battered body, and unleash divine fury on his enemies? It is to our everlasting benefit and relief that he surrendered not only to physical torment but to our last enemy, to the dark pit of death. “Darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last” (Luke 23:44-46).
He trusted his Father to catch him as he let go, trusting that the holy plan was a good one, trusting that his work had been sufficient, trusting that the Father’s promises of resurrection would come true.
Jesus’ word of trust can be yours also. Whether you say it or just think it on your deathbed, the Father will catch you. He will keep all his resurrection promises to you too.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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