Total Surrender :: Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit


Jesus’ seventh saying from the Cross is recorded in the gospel according to apostle Luke in chapter 23 verse 46. It reads, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

Jesus’ body and blood was given for mankind (1 Corinthians 11:24-25). Jesus’ Holy Spirit was presented to God for approval (which is what commend means) and upon God’s acceptance and approval of Jesus’ sacrifice, of which the Holy Spirit who was surrendered is a witness (Hebrews 10:14-15), God could now send the Holy Spirit of Jesus to dwell within men for we are now the temple of the living God (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Points to ponder:
Jesus totally surrendered his life and spirit for you and me. He totally surrendered his living Spirit to God so that the living Spirit of God could be sent to dwell within our lives, when we totally surrender ourselves to God. Have you told God, “Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit” as I totally surrender? Have you totally surrendered?

Luke 23:46 (KJV)
46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of [received from] God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

A Christian’s Valentine


Named after one of the early Christian martyrs named Valentinus who was killed on February 14th, Valentine day is an annual holiday celebrating love between intimate companions. The name Valentinus is a derivative of the Latin word ‘valens’ which means ‘strong’ or ‘powerful’. Interestingly, there is a strong and powerful connection between the celebration of love and the two greatest commandments of all, which is to love the Lord and to love man (your neighbor).

Who do we love? i.e., Who is our Valentine?

  • God;
    thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind, and with ALL thy strength
    (Mark 12:30)
  • Man;
    Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    (Mark 12:31)
    In other words, God is to be our valentine and so is man!

How do we love?

  • By keeping his commandments;
    If ye love me, keep my commandments
    (John 14:15)

How much do we love –

  • God?
    Totally;
    thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind, and with ALL thy strength
    (Mark 12:30)
  • Man?
    Sacrificially;
    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
    (John 15:13)

Why do we need to love?

  • To know God;
    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
    (1 John 4:7-8).
  • To show that we are His disciples;
    By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
    (John 13:35)
    We are to love to know and show God!

Danish theologian and philosopher, who is accredited to be one of the most eminent Lutheran theologian, Soren Kierkegaard, rightfully quoted “Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.

The greatest of ALL is Love (God) and God gave ALL (including His only begotten Son) so that He could take ALL of us (irrespective of who we are or how we have lived). Additionally, it takes all to give all (Total surrender). Our love must be strong and powerful. Think about it!

Mark 12:29-31 (KJV)
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And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
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And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
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And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

P.S: Are there other aspects of Love from the Scripture (Holy Bible) that answers the questions posed, If so, kindly share.

No man :: laid hands on Him


When Jesus declared that He was indeed the Messiah, who had come from God the Father (John7:27-29), the people sought to take (arrest and kill) Him but no man laid hands on Him. Why? Because the Scripture states that His hour had not yet come. Just a few moments earlier, we have Jesus telling his brothers twice in Galilee, that His time had not yet come (John 7:6); that his time had not yet full come (John 7:8). It was not until the appointed time of God, that the sons of men could lay their hands on the son of God, but when that time came later, in the garden of Gethsamene, we see that Jesus who could pray and receive twelve legions of angels for his protection (Matthew 26:53) falls into the hands of men. Like a lamb led to slaughter, he totally surrendered (Isaiah 53). But it is important for us to recognize that this is not a testament to the power of man, but to the provision of God. Jesus did not fall into the hands of man, because they had any power over him, unless granted to them by God the Father (John 19:11). Furthermore, Jesus fell into the hands of men, because He willingly submitted to the will of God the Father (Isaiah 53:10), so that the Scriptures may be fulfilled (Matthew 26:54).

What can we learn from this? We must be like Jesus, totaling surrendering our will to the will of God. And if the world (man) comes against us, we can be assured that no man can lay their hands on anyone and divert the course of God’s plan, unless God allows them to do so. God’s calendar cannot be changed by anyone except God.

John 7:25-30 (KJV)
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Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?
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But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ?
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Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is.
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Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.
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But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me.
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Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.