PART 7 - Christ’s Seventh Saying
Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit:
Luke 23:46, 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 His spirit.
The Word of God tells us that as He uttered these words, He bowed His head and gave up the ghost. Physicians report that when people are dying, they try to raise their heads for one more breath. He bowed His head. What is worth noting is that the sufferings did not take His life, excruciating as though they were; He laid it down of Himself! Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
Christ gave up His own life. Nobody took it from Him, because no one has the power to do so. He willingly gave up His life for you. Jesus had the power to destroy all those who were attempting to destroy Him (Matthew 26:53). But He restrained Himself and endured this horrible death because of our sin. While Jesus was dying on the cross, God was still God, He was still on the throne and reigning omnipotent.
This fulfilled Psalm 31:5 “Into thine hand I commit my Spirit...” The word “commend” in Christ’s seventh saying from the cross means to “entrust, to commit to one’s charge.” The Lord Jesus entrusted His spirit into His Father’s keeping. He entrusted, or committed, Himself to the guardianship of the Father. As is stated in another text, “Christ . . . through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God…,” (Hebrews 9:14). When the first drop of Jesus’ blood hit the ground it sealed Satan’s fate forever.
Paul used the same word when he wrote to young Timothy. He wrote, “For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (II Timothy 1:12). Because Jesus entrusted His spirit with the Father, we can entrust our spirits in His saving and keeping power. Since He committed His all to the Father, we can commit our all to Him, also.
Throughout His earthly ministry, Christ magnified the sovereignty and authority of His Father (John 6:38, 44; 10:29). Lovingly trusting Him to safely guard His spirit, the Lord Jesus entrusted it into His Father’s “hands.” The God Who held Him in His hands of mercy in life could be trusted to hold Him in His hands of might in death. This is also true for you and me!
Since Jesus committed His spirit to the Father in the hour of death, then the Father must be eternal. The spirit would live on with the Father on the other side of death. As Christ committed Himself into the hands of the eternal God with certainty, so all believers can be assured about the ages to come. Through Christ, we will not only live with the Father, but will live as long as the Father lives.
The fact that you will face tribulation in this world does not lessen the power of God in any way. In fact, it should motivate you to tap into the reservoir of faith. Have you committed your life into God’s hands’? Romans 12:1-2.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, as Jesus commended Himself to You, my desire is to commit my life to Your service. May I seek to win more people to Christ by sharing the Gospel more often. In Jesus name, Amen!
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