The Cross to the Grave, Part VI – Final Words

After quoting the first words of Psalm 22 (see The Cross to the Grave, Part III – Forsaken) Jesus speaks three more times before surrendering His human body to physical death. 

“I thirst.” (John 19:28)

“It is finished.” (John 19:30)

And crying with a loud voice, Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed out the spirit. (Luke 23:46)

Jesus speaks boldly, not with the faint heart of a tortured and dying human. His speech, described as “crying with a loud voice” shows the strength of his proclamation. A similar description was given by Matthew and Mark when Jesus quoted the first line of Psalm 22.

Christ’s life could only be given voluntarily by Christ himself: “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” (John 10:17-18)

In His last address to the Father, Jesus again quotes from a Psalm of David (Psalms 31:5). Jesus commits His spirit to the Father. The greek word translated as commit (G3908) means to place alongside, that is, present; by implication to deposit (as a trust or for protection). From the beginning to the end of His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus trusts the Father.

NEXT POST: The Grave to Glory, Part I

The Cross to the Grave, Part V – The Father’s Will

Imagine knowing your future. Jesus knew and taught His disciples “. . . the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected . . . and killed, . . . and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8:31) The knowledge of His impending suffering caused Jesus great anguish. He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and confided in three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.” (Matthew 26:38)

Then Jesus walked ahead a short distance, fell on His face and prayed three times: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Again, for the second time, he . . . prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” And the third time, saying the same words again. (See Matthew 26:39, 42, 44; Mark 14:32-39; Luke 22:42)

What is the cup Jesus spoke about? It certainly included His suffering and death, but more importantly Christ endured God’s wrath against the sins of all humankind. The cup came from the Father (John 18:11). Because of His love for the Father and His obedience to the Father’s will, Jesus not only bore our sins but rose from the grave three days later, proclaiming victory over death and making a way for our sins to be forgiven and for our spirit to be reconciled with God and reunited with God after our physical death. This is the Father’s will. 

1 Peter 2:22-24 “He [Jesus] committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

NEXT: The Cross to the Grave, Part VI – Parting Words

The Cross to the Grave, Part IV – Prayers to the Father

In my last post I asked “Did God truly forsake Jesus on the cross, even for a few hours?” Only God and Jesus have complete knowledge of what occurred in those hours of darkness; however, the prayers of Jesus, spoken shortly before His death, describe the supernatural union of the Father and the Son.

John 17:1-3  Jesus . . . lifted up His eyes to Heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son so that Your Son also may glorify You, even as You have given Him authority over all flesh so that He should give eternal life to all You have given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

John 17:4-8  “I have glorified You upon the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was. I have revealed Your name to those whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things, whatever You have given Me, are from You. For I have given to them the Words which You gave Me, and they have received them and have known surely that I came out from You. And they have believed that You sent Me.”

John 17:11-12  “And now I am in the world no longer, but these are in the world, and I come to You, Holy Father. Keep them in Your name, those whom You have given Me, so that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those that You have given Me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”

John 17:20-23  “And I do not pray for these alone, but for those also who shall believe on Me through their word, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. And I have given them the glory which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one, I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

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