大齋期靈修 – 胡玉藩牧師
Lenten Devotion – The Rev. Angus Wu
Seventh Word: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46)
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” This was Jesus’ last word on the cross. The Bible tells us, having said this Jesus breathed his last.
Brothers and sisters, have you ever thought of what the last words would be like at the end of one’s life?
In Gabriel García Márquez’s famous novel Love in the Time of Cholera, the protagonist said to his aged wife when he fell from a ladder and was about to die: “only God knows how much I love you”.
Before the Iraqi dictator Hussein was led to his execution after being sentenced to death, he was rebuked by the masked guard who said: “God curse you”, to which Hussein responded the same
“God curse you” to the guard. This was his last word.
In the final stage of his life, Martin Luther wrote: "We are all beggars. This is true." as an expression of his human experience and his reliance on God’s grace.
Jesus said: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” This was not only the last word Jesus said, it was also the ultimate expression of a complete trust, commitment and longing as Jesus
entered a new life.
Prayer: O Lord, we also want to commit our lives in Your hand, to be with You forever, never to part. Amen.