What Jesus Did! 'Rich with Grace' — Luke 23:44-46

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It was about noon, but the whole area became dark until three o'clock in the afternoon. There was no sun! The curtain in the temple was torn into two pieces. Jesus shouted, "Father, I give you my life." After Jesus said this, he died.
— Luke 23:44-46 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:44-46 NLT — "Father, I give you my life."

Key Thought

These few words are filled with great richness. Jesus' death occurs in deep darkness; darkness has its way for a brief spell before its stranglehold on us is broken forever by Jesus' resurrection. The veil is torn in the Temple; Jesus opens up the way for us to enter the Holy of Holies with confidence and find grace at the Mercy Seat of God. In his final breath, Jesus entrusts everything to his Father in faith; in our worst of moments, we can know that no matter how forsaken we may feel, God will bring us to himself in glory. Jesus takes his last breath and dies; each of us must one day give up our last breath, but because of Jesus' death and subsequent resurrection, we can die with confidence. Which message do you need most today? Choose one and look to Jesus and trust in his grace.

Today's Prayer

Father, what can I say in response to the gift of your Son? All praise to you, the God Almighty, the Father of mercy, and the Sovereign God of grace. Jesus, thank you for your example and the price you paid to provide it for me. Now I finish this prayer with the request that you, O Holy Spirit, fill and empower me to have the same trust in my struggles as the Lord displayed as he faced his trials. In the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 10:19-25
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • Hebrews 4:14-16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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