April 3, 2010

Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit

Devotions for Holy Week
From First Assembly of God, Brookfield, CT
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The 7th Saying of Jesus on the Cross

 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)

We may not realize this, or have forgotten, but the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scripture that prophesied this very moment, actually pleased God, by allowing His Son to become the acceptable offering of sin (Isaiah 53:10).

Here is the Son of God, the one that performed a number of miracles and displayed unbelievable supernatural power to bring people back from near death or death itself, such as the son of the widowed woman from Nain (Luke 7:11-16), Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:50-56) and his beloved friend Lazarus (John 11:38-44). Death was imminent for Jesus now as the onlookers encouraged the so-called Son of God, to save himself if He were indeed the King of the Jews (Luke 23:35-37).

Yet, as He began to cry out loud, those gathered there probably suspected Jesus was about to give up, but the Son of God cried out to his Father, not in fear of leaving this world or fearful of the unknown world ahead of him. No, that wasn’t it. Everything that had been committed to Christ to fulfill, He had done and now, He would commend His spirit to his Father.

The word commend in Greek refers to a deposit as a trust or for protection, or commit to the keeping of. Matthew Henry’s commentary expresses what Jesus said as, “I deposit it, I pay it down into thy hands. Father, accept my life instead of the lives and souls of the sinners I die for.”

How profound these words of Jesus should be for us!

The Son of God became an offering for sin that pleased God, to reconcile sinful humanity to a holy God. His death on the cross was the ransom paid that has been the testimony given to the world ever since that day.

When Jesus finally died, He did not succumb to death due to pain or physical complications as a natural man would. No, Jesus said He is the one that lays down His life for His sheep and He is able to bring it back to life again (John 10:18). No one else had the power to do this but Jesus and He did so, freely on His own.

His final words established the finished work of atonement and made the way of salvation possible for all that would come to Christ, in repentance and faith.

While we will remember today that Jesus died to satisfy the penalty of sin, He died specifically for the purpose to become a pleasing, offering of sin, for you.

Kurt is currently serving as a Pastoral Intern at First Assembly of God in Brookfield, CT. He and his wife Kristi live in Danbury.

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