Saturday, April 11
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
The last recorded words that Jesus speaks are short but full of depth. The phrase echoes verse 5 of Psalm 31, a passage full of cries to God for deliverance and trust in God’s faithfulness.
As humans, the idea of giving control of our spirits over is not a comfortable one. To commend our spirits is to surrender, to release, to give up our sense of power and control over our lives.
In this season, many of us are experiencing a lack of control. We cannot control what is happening in the world around us and often we seek to compensate by micro-managing what we can control (for me, it’s extreme cleaning my apartment!). How much better would it be to release that false sense of control completely?
Choosing to actively surrender our spirits into God’s hands can be scary. It requires a “dying of self” and entrusting our whole self to the Lord. For Jesus, this “dying of self” was literal. His spirit was leaving his physical body and as it was doing so, he choose to give it to God. In death, he was entrusting his life to God.
The last verse of Psalm 31, which Jesus is quoting an earlier verse of here, states, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” In this moment, he is choosing to wait for the Lord. Jesus had the power to choose another way, to not die on the cross. Instead he chose to place his life in the hands of his father.
God, we confess that we find it difficult to commend our spirits into your hands. Forgive us when we fail to surrender our control. We trust that your hands are the safest place for our spirits. Amen
— Anna Moxley