And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:” and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23:46
This last of the seven sayings of Christ on the cross was a word of faith, fellowship and fulfillment!
A WORD OF FAITH
In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
Jesus died with the words of Scripture upon his lips, believing the promises of God! What a way to die! What an example!
The word translated “commend” has the idea of “entrusting oneself to the care of someone.” (Louw-Nida).
A WORD OF FELLOWSHIP
Good news, fellowship has been restored between the Father and the Son! He ever lives to make intercession for us. No longer does Jesus cry “MY GOD, MY GOD”, but now once again God is addressed as “Father.”
A WORD OF FULFILLMENT
First it is a fulfillment of the OT shadow of sacrifice with said that an animal must be brought for sacrifice, not only without spot or blemish, but also voluntarily. In other words, the person bringing the sacrifice voluntarily brings the sacrifice. He is not forced to, but he recognizes his sin and willingly makes provision. Therefore, the final sacrifice to which these OT sacrifices pointed had not only to be without spot and blemish, but offered voluntarily.
Second this word is a word of fulfillment because Jesus Himself predicted that his life would not be taken from Him, but that He would give it willingly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
They tried to beat his life out of Him, but no man could take it from Him.!
They tried to torture his life out of Him, but no man could take it from Him!
They tried to crucify his life out Him, but no man could take it from Him!
As Jesus hung on the cross in tremendous anguish and pain, he died as peacefully as the most medicated person in the most technologically advanced hospital in modern times. No, even more peaceful! He simply exhaled his Spirit and refused to inhale His next breath.
This was not the sad defeat of a helpless martyr! This was the tremendous victory of the Son of God!
Verse 47 says, “Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.” Both Matthew and Mark record him also saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
Can you imagine that Roman soldier that was closest to the cross, who was privileged to hear each of these seven sayings of Christ in their original context. He saw the anguish, the blood, the sweat, the tears. He knew how Jesus had to fight for each breath to say the wonderful words that we’ve examined together tonight. He experienced the darkness, the thunderings and the earthquake. He heard Christ call out in the darkness, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani!” But then he heard Jesus say, “It is finished!” and the darkness departed, the storm was over. Then he heard, “Father . . .” How can he be calling God his father, after what he has been through?” “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” and he died so peacefully with smile on his face. And that Roman soldier said, “Certainly this was a righteous man. Truly this was the Son of God!!!!”