“Father Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit” Sermon

A sermon reflection on the meaning of Jesus’ last words, “Father Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit” and its Psalm 31 connection.

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Scripture Passage

This is the final reading of the last words of Jesus found in Luke 23:44-46 (NRSV).

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.

Know that the comfort Jesus found on the cross is the same comfort he leaves with you. The comfort is this: To know that your sure promise in times of suffering is that your soul is entrusted to the God of Truth, your protector and deliverer.


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1. Introduction

As we remember Good Friday, we are remembering what Jesus went through on the cross and what words he said. Each of Jesus’ 7 last words is important and is recorded for our benefit and instruction.


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Our spirit must be entrusted to God because he alone is able to protect, to lead and guide us. We can say “Lord into your hands,” or “into your hands Lord,” knowing we are committing our lives into his hands.


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Now, this doesn’t mean that our suffering will be any less intense. It only means that our spirits can find rest and peace in knowing these promises of God. We do well to remember that Jesus’ rescue was from the grave, so we can’t expect ours to be any more easy or uncomplicated. But, we must live in light of the truth that these words of Ps 31 were a comfort to Jesus in the last moment of his life and that it was important for him to teach us even then to find the same comfort in them.


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Know that the comfort Jesus found on the cross is the same comfort he leaves with you. The comfort is this: To know that your sure promise in times of suffering is that your soul is entrusted to the God of Truth, your protector and deliverer.Your comfort is to know that your sure promise in times of suffering is that your soul is entrusted to the God of Truth, your protector and deliverer. Amen.

-This Father Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit sermon sermon was preached on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Texas

Summary

To recap, we learned what Jesus’ last words, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” means:

The comfort Jesus found on the cross is the same comfort he leaves with you. For us today, Jesus’ last words mean that we have a sure promise in times of suffering that our soul is entrusted to the God of Truth, our Protector and Deliverer.

Now that we know what Jesus’ last words meant to him and what they mean for us, we can live truly knowing our own souls are protected, just as Jesus’ was.

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