40 blogs of Lent

7 words from the cross

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things. Luke 23:44-49

I sometimes wish I trust God like Jesus did. But when I think about it trust is more important than strength as far as faith is concerned.

Nearly two weeks ago I gave a testimony in Holy Trinity Huddersfield, and posted it on this blog. Since then I have had a lot of complimentary things said, which troubled me as I am uncomfortable with praise. But someone has said that I have strong faith.

Strong faith? Me? Nothing could be further from the truth. If anything what has happened over the last ten years has shown to me just how weak and fragile my faith is. All the strength in my relationship with God comes from the other side. Strength to be a Christian does not come within myself. But from God. I trust in God because that is where my strength comes from. I know that, a slave to my emotions, cannot be trusted to persevere.

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” The last words of Jesus on the cross show confidence and trust in his Father.

On the cross Jesus has spoken words of forgiveness to those tormenting him, assurance to the thief being executed alongside him, love to his mother and his friend. Then there was a cry of desperation and a statement of thirst. Then he declares that his work is complete.

Note that Jesus gives his life, it is not taken from him. He commits his spirit and breathes his last. Note that he says “I commit my spirit.” Jesus gives up his life trusting in his Father.


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