Seven Things Jesus Said on the Cross, Part VII

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list by Matt Slick / 11/02/09
  • Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
  •  Luke 23:43“And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB)
  • John 19:26-27, “He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
  • Matt. 27:46 Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 
  • John 19:28 “I am thirsty.” 
  • John 19:30,  He said, “It is finished!” 

7. Luke 23:46, “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. (NASB)

Entonces Jesús, clamando a gran voz, dijo: Padre, en tus manos encomiendo mi espíritu. Y habiendo dicho esto, expiró. (RVR 1960)

Today we look at the SEVENTH and last thing Jesus said on the cross; “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

There is little to no controversy surrounding this declaration by Jesus. It is understood that Jesus is surrendering His physical body and as is the case with all humans (our spirit lives on) He is turning over His spirit to the Father. 

Only Luke records these words. Luke who depended upon eye witness accounts for the writing of His Gospel in this case especially, Mary Jesus’ mother, would seem to be accurate. Yet John 19:30 was also there and only records as we saw yesterday; Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Then we have Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit and Mark 15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. So the Bible is wrong, right, not so fast, slow your roll different authors tell the same story differently especially to different intended audiences.  

What is consistent in 3 of the four Gospels; Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33 and in Luke 23:44-45 (ESV) It was now about the sixth hour,[a] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[b] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two is the this darkness and tearing of the temple curtain. 

So from the sixth hour (Noon) until the ninth hour (3 PM) there was darkness over the land. Okay put on our thinking caps for a moment where else in the bible have we seen this before? If you are flipping to Exodus 10:22-23  you are correct. God used darkness as a symbol of judgement against the Pharaoh in Egypt for the sins against the children of Israel. Here He does the same, blotting out the sun midday as to show the world their sins. 

The tearing of the curtain, symbolized the tearing down of our access to God. If you remember in the Old Covenant (OT) only the Levite priest(s) and then only once annually had access to the Holy of Hollies, where God dwelt. Jesus through His torn body tears down the curtain separating us from God Hebrews 10:20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.

Jesus at the Cross, made the ultimate sacrifice, broke down all the sin barriers between us and God and proved No Greater Love exists. Our only response is to heed the Holy Spirits call to repent and call upon Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. 

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

GEOFF THOMAS Alfred Place Baptist Church 24th March 2013