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)
A deep sadness fills me as Jesus delivers his own eulogy in a loud voice. He dedicates his life to doing the will of His Father. And now, in death, He commits His spirit to God. After hanging on the cross for three hours, he should be near suffocation, unable to speak in a loud voice. But Jesus remains in control with the power of the Holy Spirit until the end. Jesus decides to take his last breath after delivering those words and willingly gives up His Spirit to God.
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” are words from Psalm 31:5. David goes on to say, “Deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. Jesus, of course, doesn’t need deliverance, but we do, and in Psalm 31:1-4 David tells us why we should trust the Lord enough to commit our lives and spirits to Him. 1) He won’t let us be put to shame, 2) He makes us righteous, 3) He comes quickly to our rescue, 4) He is a strong fortress to save us, 5) He leads and guides us, 6) He keeps us free from traps that are set for us, and 7) He is our refuge.
Mary Magdalene; Mary, Jesus’ mother, and John don’t yet understand Jesus’ death as we do. They are devastated thinking they have lost one who loved them like no one else could. He didn’t die. Our sin did. He breathed his last and took the criminal beside Him to be with God in Paradise. He will take us too when we finish the work on earth God has started in us. Thanks to Jesus, after we take our last breath on earth, we will take our first breath in heaven. Death no longer declares victory over us.
Father God, I thank you for Jesus, my encourager, forgiver, savior, fortress, leader, liberator, and refuge. He’s alive and well in heaven where I will be after I take my last breath on earth. I thank you not only for the hope of being with You, Jesus, and all my loved ones who have passed, but for the new body you will clothe me in, free of disease, pain, sin, and tears and full of love and joy. In the meantime, I commit my life to doing Your will as Jesus taught me. In His name I pray, amen.