Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday, The Last Word "Father, I commend my Spirit"

Luke 23:46-49
And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last. So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. But all His acquaintances, and the women who followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

Into you hands I commit my spirit. The last word, it’s now over. Jesus’ last word is the beginning of His Resurrection. After all, He has to die to rise to new life. It may be three days from now. But He is putting all of His trust into the hands of His Father. He has given up the ghost. All Jesus has is His Father’s mercy.

Into your hands I commit my spirit. Jesus last word. Should it not be our first word. How often do we trust in ourselves over and above trusting in our Father in Heaven. Should not this word, be our morning prayer. Having passed through the night in safety upon our arising out of bed, should we not acknowledge our life is not our own, and say to God, Father, into you hands I commit my spirit. After all, our spirit belongs to God. Our breath belongs to God. The air I breath belongs to God. Our life is God’s to begin with. So, should I not acknowledge it, and begin each waking day with, Father, into your hands I commit my spirit?

Bono, the lead singer of the rock band, U2 once said, “A number of years ago, I met a wise man who changed my life. In countless ways, large and small, I was always seeking the Lord's blessing. I was saying, you know, I have a new song, look after it... I have a family, please look after them... I have this crazy idea...And this wise man said: stop.He said, stop asking God to bless what you're doing.Get involved in what God is doing — because it's already blessed.”

Today as we leave this place hearing Jesus’ last words, Let us commit ourselves back to God. After all, God and His work are already blessed.