Into Your Hands
"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 deposit place of all. This sixth statement from the cross is an illustration of the Lord's confidence in the hands of His Father.
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 and said, "Into your hands I commit my spirit," fulfilling the words of Psalm 31:5, 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 betrayed into the hands of men." Those hands flogged the Son of God, those hands hammered the nail through His flesh into the wood, those hands crowned Him with thorns. For twelve hours He had been in the hands of men and had been subject to the worst that human hands could do.
Jesus was ready to be deposited into the 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 holding onto. 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; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth" (Psalm 31:5).
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