Today is Good Friday – the day that Jesus was crucified. Many churches have been reflecting on the crucifixion during Passion Week. My Facebook feed has been full of posts about the last seven sayings of Christ. I even had to craft content for my job around this topic. One of the sayings really stuck out to me and I wanted to dissect it a bit though. The final thing Jesus said while on the cross was “into Your hands, I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
This saying touched my heart deeply because it showed His unwavering commitment to trusting His father. After all that he endured – the taunting, the shaming, the false accusations, the beatings and now hanging on the cross – He still said “into Your hands…” In telling the story of the crucifixion, we glaze over the fact that Jesus very literally could have ended it all. He was all God and all man at the same time. But His deep love for us and his even deeper knowledge of purpose and trust in God pushed Him to continue until the very end.
That love and trust is unfathomable to me, to be honest. I don’t know that I love anyone – not even myself – enough to lay down my life for them. And I can say without doubt that I don’t trust God enough to commit my spirit to Him either. I trust God, yes. I’ve been through enough situations to see His providence, faithfulness and heart for me to know that He would never put me in a situation that is detrimental to me. But if He asked me to die? I’m not sure. When my back is against the wall and the stakes are high, I have questions. Lots of them!
“Lord, Why is this happening to me?”
“When are you going to rescue me, God?”
“Do you see this?”
“Do you even care?”
Jesus asked one question like this while on the cross when He asked God why He had forsaken Him. He felt a separation from God that He had never before felt, but that we as sinful humans know all too well. But even after questioning God’s presence, He stayed committed to the cause and ultimately gave up His own life. Make no mistake, Jesus’s life was not taken from Him.
I make these points to have you reflect upon the following:
- How committed are you to your purpose? Do you even know what it is?
- Are you really trusting God or holding onto something in your own finite wisdom?
- Do you know Jesus as your Lord, as your Savior, or both?
- What does Jesus’s trust in God and commitment to purpose demonstrate to you?
- How will you respond the next time you are faced with a trial?
Let me encourage you to echo Jesus and simply respond “into Your hands…” no matter the situation. It is the very best place to rest all of your cares.