"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).
This prayer is profound in its simplicity because it indicates a willingness to deposit the most precious thing, the most prized possession, in the safest place of all. This sixth statement from the cross is an example of Christ's complete confidence in His Father.
Jesus was ready to be deposited into the holy hands of the Father, the greatest hands of all.
The word commit in this verse literally means to go and leave something somewhere and walk away from it, knowing full well, with absolute confidence and trust, that when you come back, it will be there. When Jesus cried out, "[I]nto your hands I commit my spirit," His hands were fastened to that rugged wooden cross. The hands of wicked, evil men nailed Him to that cross.
In Matthew 17:22, Jesus warned His disciples, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men." The hands of men flogged the Son of God. Those hands hammered the nails through His flesh into the wood; those hands crowned Him with thorns. For twelve hours Jesus endured torture by the hands of men and was subjected to the worst that human hands could do.
Jesus was ready to be deposited into the holy hands of the Father, the greatest hands of all. He will never again be in our hands, but we will be in His hands. Do you deposit your all in the hands of the Father, or do you deposit some in His hands and hold on to the rest?
Prayer: Father, I realize that there may be some things that I have been unwilling to let go of—unwilling to entrust to Your care. Today I want to deposit my all into Your hands. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God" (Psalm 31:5).
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