March 30, 2016 by pastorjdo3
This season, we focused on the saying of Christ from the Cross in Luke 23:34 verse.
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
In this, we find Jesus being crucified, after being beaten and forced to carry his cross to Golgotha’s Hill. Jesus is in much pain! He is now nailed to the cross and hanging until He meets His death. Jesus peeps from his elevated place, looks down upon humanity, and utters the words found in verse 34 of chapter 23 of Luke.
The first word he utters is “Father”. I found this powerful. In the midst of crucifixion, he addresses God with as His Father. I immediately thought to Issac, and what he must have felt looking at his own father ready to take his very life. One can see him bound but filled with trust not just in Abraham, but in God. Knowing that God’s will would be done in the matter, and that it would be what was best for all.
Jesus, having already set His face, determined, with a “but thy will” attitude, found it within Himself to continue trusting God. If only we too would trust God despite the circumstances, knowing that a Father remains a Father through every circumstance. There are times when our Father must be a presence, overseeing our struggle, offering security while directing us to fulfill our purpose despite difficult times.
A Father sometimes keeps a watchful eye, ensuring that the amount of support needed to start the journey, will become who they have been called to be. Though God desired not to see Him suffer, He understood that He was walking in and accomplishing his purpose. Oddly enough, sometimes pain is a part of the plan, and interference and intervening can circumvent one from achievement. Because of the protective nature and the provisions given from the Father, there tends to be an assumption that His sole purpose is to solve problems and to rescue from turmoil and tragedy, when His purpose is far greater.
Sometimes the only provision needed by the child when struggling is the voice and teachings of the Father as the experience life’s circumstances. The Father prepares via teaching and training and at some point must allow one to apply what they have been prepared to face. Allowing the child to face struggle is not ungodly, where as standing in the way of God’s will is sinful.
Despite feelings of despair, one must remember to give honor to the Father, even while going through. And while other disown and reject the Father while going through, we must continue forward knowing that He is more than a rescue raft and miracle worker. The deeds done and sacrifices made will always bee more than we deserve in any set of circumstances, not just because of the death on the cross, but because of the love shown in creation itself! He chose to create us to share life with, and that in itself is enough!
All in all, The Father is still the Father, regardless of the circumstances you are in and or the roll and position He deems best for you as you face your today and tomorrow. He wants what is best for us, and in His wisdom and will, aids us in navigating life by extending a hand at time, sharing resources in others, and offering prayers for the next. His promise is that He will not leave us, nor will He forsake us. Because of this, we must always be of good cheer, knowing that He truly is working all things for our good.