Jesus’s mind and body at its limits, the time has come. With His last breath, his last push for air Jesus calls out, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus in His human nature suffered the pain and rejection of the Father. In a moment it is over, the sacrifice is complete. The curtain is torn and the Holy of Holies is opened once and for all!
Stop for a moment today and think about this. No, really, stop the craziness that is happening around you to feel the weight of what Jesus did over 2,000 years ago. For you! My foolishness, my selfishness, my lies, my deceit, put Jesus on the cross, and today we celebrate “Good Friday.”
Up to this point, the narrative of the crucifixion has focused on the physical sufferings of Jesus: the flogging, the crown of thorns, the mocking on the cross. Six hours have now passed since the nails were driven home. And, “It is finished.” What was it like for Jesus? The transition from excruciating pain, and suffering, to being with the father?
Maybe, you’re at the end of your rope today? Maybe you’re right in the middle of a situation that is bleak? Maybe your marriage, kids or finances are upside down? Or maybe, just maybe everything is good. Regardless, there is no greater day to utter these 8 words, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
It’s not a physical death when you utter these words, but a spiritual death of control! God not my will, but your will today! Here is the key though, I can’t just say this once a year on Good Friday. I have to live in these words every single day!