“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.” Matthew 27:50
This verse occurs during the crucifixion of Jesus. He had been hanging on the cross for several hours. Now Jesus does something that only He had the power to do: He gave up His Spirit.
Giving up His Spirit is another way of saying He chose to stop living and die on the cross. He let His Spirit leave His body to die.
Look back at the life of Jesus. Throughout His ministry and walk on the earth He had given out many things. He gave out healing of the blind, the lame, the sick, and brought back life to the dead. He passed on His power and authority to the disciples.
In all of His ministry, however, He never gave up anything. He did not give up ground for Satan to claim.
Now, He gives up His Spirit, His life.
Jesus had stated that He came to lay His life down. He told Pilate that only He had the power to take His life. Jesus chose to die. He was following the desire of the Father. The people did not take His life, He gave it up.
No one has more power and authority than Jesus. He is the one who is in absolute control of everything.
As a believer you are supposed to be like Jesus. Are you willing to lay down your life for God and others?
Laying down your life, may not mean allowing yourself to be physically killed. It usually means just giving up your will and desires.
Jesus wants you to be a witness. Sometimes this may mean laying down your agenda to be that witness or to help someone.
You must lay down your desires to turn away from sin. The world will tell you that it is crazy to give up sin and follow Jesus, just like they did when Jesus died on the cross. Are you willing to be like Jesus and give up the one thing that is in your power to control?
Only you can give up something in your life. No one else can do it for you. You have absolute power in that area of your life. Be like Jesus today and give up anything that is not in God’s will. Be willing to follow God all the way, even if it means to death on a cross.
I pray today that God will reveal areas in your life you need to give up; that God will strengthen you to follow His will; that you will be like Jesus in every area of your life; that you will trust God with your whole life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.