Words From the Cross- Part 7

Jesus entrusted His spirit into the hands of His Father (Abba)—the term of close endearment that we call “Daddy”—the same Father He had served His entire life.

This last message of Jesus from the cross is found only in the book of Luke: “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” Let us not overlook the fact that Jesus purposely dismissed His spirit to the Lord—as we have read in an earlier post, no one took His life; He was in full control. It follows that if Jesus had not willingly submitted to God’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane, He would not have had to suffer all the things He did for our sake; but He did, and now was the time to go to His Father, after all had been accomplished.

These words were spoken immediately after the VEIL IN THE TEMPLE was torn in two from top to bottom (Luke 23:44; Mark 15:38). This curtain was a very thick, tall barrier to the Holy of Holies (the place where the Lord dwelled…the Arc of the Covenant). Tearing this curtain would be like tearing a bulky phone book; it was a supernatural act that symbolically opened the way for all believers directly to the Heavenly Father through his Son, Jesus Christ. To put another way, Jesus—“the Way”—made it possible for every repentant and believing sinner to enter into holy and personal communion with our most holy God, without any further offerings for sin. The old form of ceremonial religion was no longer necessary. This means today as it did then, that our “good” works and law-keeping earns us nothing…Jesus Christ’s all-sufficient, redemptive work accomplished everything we cannot do for ourselves (Galatians 2:16).

1 Peter 2:23 states, “When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten; but He [kept on] entrust[ing] Himself to him who judges justly.” All of Jesus’ earthly life was devoted to the work of the Father as He continued to entrust Himself (confidently surrender His care) to God—all the way up to and on the cross. My heart is encouraged when I reflect on the fact that my Heavenly Father is absolutely and completely trustworthy, and able to fully care for me! May each of us follow the example of Jesus as we navigate these perilous times, by purposefully and continually turning over our safekeeping to the One who never fails us and who loves us perfectly.

One Reply to “Words From the Cross- Part 7”

  1. I really like this series on Jesus words on the cross. I have never heard in my years any teaching of Jesus last words. Thank you very much for spreading this out over several posts instead of trying to include it all in one post. This allowed a complete study of each statement and show the significance of each one. I really understand the full significance of these words and thank you for enlightening me.

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