Recall a time when you worked really hard towards a definitive goal: studying for an exam, rehabilitation treatments to heal an injury, training for a competition, or working many years to pay off the mortgage. Whatever the accomplishment, we have all experienced that defining moment when we say, “it is finished.” Before His crucifixion, we find Jesus praying, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39) Jesus obeyed the call of the cross despite His own fears. His suffering enabled us to share in His glory. “It is finished” were Jesus’ last words as He took His final breath on the cross. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, “He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” As we take part in communion today, we reflect upon Jesus’ work on the cross. Though we share in His suffering, we also share in His glory (Romans 8:7). He knows our pain, our fears, our struggles, and our temptations. “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but have courage, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). He has spoken these words so that we may have peace. Let us open up our hearts and allow Jesus Christ to refresh our weary souls today. Let us draw near to Him, so that we may be able to discern His voice. When faced with the unknown this week, may we pray those same words, “Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

-Sister in Christ, INSPIRE

 

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