Day 36: Into Your Hands
“Into your hands I commit my spirit” (Psalm 31:5).
“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.’ When He had said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:46).
As we have noted, generally death by crucifixion took longer. Some victims lasted for days. Much depended on the condition of the victim, the skill of the executioner, and many other factors. In fact, the executioners could get into trouble if the victims died too quickly, so they had techniques to keep them alive, including the use of the cheap wine we mentioned earlier.
But Jesus was in charge of things—everything that happened that day, including His time of death. He had a mission—to fulfill the Scriptures and to suffer and die in order to save us from our sins. Throughout this process we have seen how intent He was to demonstrate that this was God’s plan. This included Him quoting from the Word of God, and giving up His spirit at just the right time—the time of the Passover sacrifice, and before the soldiers came to break the bones.
John MacArthur says that, “The words used here show that Jesus’ commitment of His spirit was a ‘voluntary act.’ The sentence signaled that Jesus ‘handed over’ His spirit as an act of His will. No one took His life from Him, for He voluntarily and willingly gave it up (John 10:17, 18)”. Regardless of all He had suffered at the hands of God, and despite feeling forsaken by God, Jesus still demonstrated His trust by committing His spirit to the hands of the very One who’s will it was to place Him on that cross. If this doesn’t speak to the fact that Jesus was in full agreement with what was happening to Him that day, I don’t know what does. Even in His agony, He knew His Father loved Him, and thus committed Himself to Him willingly.
There is perhaps no greater worship than to trust God when there is nothing in our circumstances to give us a reason to do so. It demonstrates that we believe in who He says He is, and we judge our circumstances by those truths, rather than judging God by how our circumstances might make Him appear.
• What does it mean to you that Jesus offered His life so willingly, and was in charge until the very end?
• When God asks for your life, how willingly do you surrender your own will?
• What are times in your life when you’ve had to trust in who God says He is despite how your circumstances appear?
• What has He shown you about Himself at those times?
Lord, there is no greater love for the Father than when You committed Your spirit into His hands after suffering for me under His blows. You have set the example for me of trust when I know I am suffering according to the will of God.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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