Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
We come to the last of the seven sayings of Jesus on the Cross. As a reminder, here they are again:
- Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
- Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
- When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” John 19:26
- And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark 15:34
- I am thirsty. John 19:28
- It is finished. John 19:30
- Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
Jesus’ final saying is spoken after 3 hours of supernatural of darkness. It is at this point the father had turned his face away
“Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 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.”
Luke 23:44-46 NKJV
And just as it’s is finished, the debt has been paid. The curtain in the temple is torn in two, from top to bottom and the way in the presence of the almighty has been made open. The inner veil before the holy of holies was the work of craftsmen. It was 60 foot high and about 4 inches thick.
Once a year the high priest would go behind it on the day of atonement, they would have a bell attached to them and a rope, so if the bell stopped ringing they could be dragged out, such was the fear of the Lord associated with the ceremony.
But it was as Jesus said these last words that the veil was torn from top to bottom. That is was from the top to the bottom is significant in that it was impossible for it happen like this at the hands of man. This was a supernatural event. The veil marked the boundary between God’s pure holiness and the wickedness of mankind. It was not possible to go beyond the veil because our sins separated us from a Holy God.
The profane and the Holy cannot be joined together
But now, the way into the presence of God was made open, so we can come freely before the throne of grace (Heb 4:16).
Jesus is the high priest, there is no longer a need for the Jewish high priest to go in once a year to make atonement. Jesus has made the way, by his own blood, once and for all (Hebrews 8).
No more sacrifices…Jesus’ blood paid the debt, He has paid the price we can approach the throne of grace with confidence.
Father, Into your hands I commit my spirit, His mission was accomplished, He was going home. Do you know where your home is? Do you know when you are going? You can have assurance by believing the message of Jesus Christ. We don’t know our timings, we don’t know the hour which we will depart. The price has been paid that we can find a home with the Father.
As Jesus breathes His last breath the centurion says…surely this was the son of God. The first believer, an ungodly soldier witnesses the death of Christ and believes.
I haven’t spoken about the earthquake or that the graves were opened…of which so much more could be said.
Father I thank you for the cross. I thank you that Jesus has made the way for me to come before you with boldness and confidence. That no more do I stand condemned. Lord I pray you will give me great grace to share the truth of your salvation wherever you would take me. Amen.