After - Day 13

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”

For some believers, whether or not the translation is more active, like “gave up the ghost” or “breathed his last,” in which Jesus appears to be making a decision is very important. Because He was fully God and fully man, Jesus could have taken himself off the cross, remained alive, and exerted His divine authority. He chose not to do so. His divine nature means He intentionally had to choose to no longer hold onto life.

For people who believe this element of the crucifixion is important, the passive implication that Jesus simply passed away on the cross due to sustained injuries in some translation is an insufficient reading of the text. Translations with “expired” or “died” would not be acceptable. Other readers and thinkers do not see this choice as taking away from Jesus’ divine nature, and go with what is easier for them to read or exegete.’

But what is important is that Jesus made the decision to give his spirit back to God. Rather than being taken, Jesus gave his life. It is his final act of love and devotion and truly, faith. Jesus trusted in God because he knew him. And although he couldn’t feel God, could not since his presence, he knew God so well that he was willing to trust him, even unto death.

It is also significant because of its connection to Psalm 31. It is a direct quotation from that passage of Scripture. In context, it appears: “For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me; you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God” (Psalm 31:3-5).

  1. How much do you trust God? 
  2. How much do you know God? 
  3. How can you find a way to trust God like Jesus did? 
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Keshia - April 8th, 2023 at 12:42am

I think the hardest part for me is trust because I do not know who God is. I struggle with who God is and how He was presented to me.