On: August 28, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. Luke 23:46-49
There is a sense of purposeful completion as Jesus approaches His final breath. He calls out, in a loud voice for all to hear, that He is laying down His life, as He commits His Spirit to His Father. John, in his gospel, tells us that: Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
What is it that is finished? Jesus’s life on Earth? Yes … and no (see chapter 24). His suffering? Thankfully, yes. More than these, though: His mission was accomplished. The very reason He came to Earth – the unique God-Man, who was born to die. Born to die that we might be given the opportunity to live life eternal.
The Bible’s best known verse sums it up: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
By tea-time on that day of all days, the one and only Son could proclaim: “It is finished”; job done. And what was done cannot be undone: neither death nor life, neither angels nordemons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
It is for us to take up this offer of eternal life. And it starts right now, a different quality of life that can be led in the sure knowledge that the Creator Himself loves us, will sustain us though all that life can throw at us, and keep us safe through the transition of death into a never ending celebration in His direct presence.
Lord Jesus just as You laid down Your life for me, in accordance with Your Father’s purposes, I give You my life to use as You will. Amen