March 26, 2014

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus on the Cross – Part 7

“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

Luke 23:46 (NIV)

Each saying of Jesus from the cross has taught us deeper dimensions of grace! His final statement came on the heels of the one before. While the previous saying, “It is finished!” was one of triumph and victory, Jesus final statement was one of trust. “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 (NIV) Grace means that we can surrender our problem to God and let it go. Sometimes it seems that what you’re going through will never end. Everything was normal; and then one day, the worst happened. You feel like you’re living in the twilight zone. Nothing is normal. You wonder…will this ever end? Will I ever feel the same again? How can I move forward? In moments like these, we need the grace of God to surrender the control of our lives into the Father’s hands and let it go. Because we trust our Father’s love and His strong hands to keep us, we can release our hold on life and place it completely and finally into His hands and leave it there. That’s what Jesus did from the cross. Have you ever said, “Father, into Your hands I commit my life, my marriage, my career, my children, my future?” Whatever you are still holding on to or trying to control that is beyond your ability to change, commit it to God. Rest in His almighty power and experience the freeing grace of letting it go. None of us can really control our lives, but we can all get our lives under His control. Grace means surrendering all my problems to God and letting them go.