(This is part of an Easter series: The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross. To view all posts in this series, click here.)
PRESENTATION OF HIS LIFE & SPIRIT – Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit
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. ~Luke 23:46
Again, Jesus prays. He began with a prayer, He prayed in the midst, and He ends with a prayer. As He lived, so He died, in perfect communion with His Father.
At this point, Jesus has been brought through anguish, obedience, darkness, and recognition of the completion of God’s plan. It has been a long, painful day. And so at the end of this day He prays and addresses God again tenderly as Father.
Again He prays scripture:
Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. ~Psalm 31:5
Psalm 31:5 was the “now I lay me down to sleep” type of prayer of the day. Many Jewish mothers undoubtedly prayed this prayer at the end of long days with their children. Perhaps even Jesus had done so throughout His life. Now He prays it one last time, knowing that even though He had felt forsaken only hours before, His spirit will be safe in His Father’s hands. These words speak the ultimate surrender to the will of the Father, and now the redemption spoken of in the psalm is completed.
There are several noteworthy things about this presentation of his spirit, but the main one is this:
IT IS LAST!
Many times we think that we can just skip to this step when trying to walk through something difficult, trying to crucify something about our flesh. We yearn desperately to press the fast forward button to get to the finish line and run headlong into the arms of our Father who is waiting for us. But can we really expect a heart of surrender toward Him if we aren’t willing to walk in forgiveness, mercy, grace, provision, spiritual dependence, obedience, knowledge of God’s plan, as Jesus did on the cross?
We must walk through what God has for us. Jesus had to – what makes us think we are so special?? We ARE special though – God sends the Holy Ghost to empower us – to help us as we walk by faith seeking to do the will of the Father. He is conforming us to the image of His son.
To commend our spirit into God’s hands demonstrates complete and total trust in the nature of God and the plans of God, as shown in the Word of God.
At death, after living a perfect life, as Jesus presented His body as a sacrifice for all believers, He commended His Spirit into the hands of His Father. If you have accepted the sacrifice of Christ as atonement for your sins, when you come to the end of your life, you need not be afraid. If you practice a daily life of surrender into the hands of God, how much more joyous will that day be when you confidently and with sweet surrender and relief run into the open arms of your loving Father who waits for you. I’m looking forward to it!
I’m A Believer!