Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
The closing statement. It was not bombastic. It was not an “I have done it” proclamation. It was not a theological discourse.
It was a Son’s simple trust in a good, good Father. It was Jesus showing us what it means to trust God 100 percent. It was Jesus showing us how he laid down his right to live. It was Jesus showing us how to die.
Dr. William Barclay writes, “Jesus died with a prayer on his lips. `Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ This was Psalm 31: 5 with one word added: Father. It showed that after his cry, “My God, my god, why has thou forsaken me?” Jesus was now back to addressing God as “Father,” re-establishing intimacy within the Trinity.
He died in perfect peace commending himself to the One who he knew best.
Bringing It Home
What is God asking me to commit to Him? Am I trusting an unknown future to a known God?
Father God, Thank you for the intimacy with his Father that Christ displayed in that very last moment on the Cross. Thank you for the peace with which he breathed his last – the peace that is readily available for all who believe. Help me trust you for tomorrow and for all eternity. Amen