Aug 6 - Prayer Life of Jesus 11

And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.” Saying this, He breathed His last. ~Luke 23:46 

The Gospels record seven things Jesus said while hanging on the cross. The last words He spoke were a prayer.... His last prayer before His death. Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.

Jesus had earlier said from the cross, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt 27:46). When the sin of the world was placed on Him, Jesus felt a deep sense of alimentation from his Heavenly Father (sin will do that!). It was the first time in His life that Jesus felt separated from God, and He cried out in anguish, as we would all be crying out in hell had He not redeemed us. 


But now, It is finished! (John 19:30). The price has been paid. The obedience is complete. The end has come. And Jesus trusts His spirit (His essential being) to the eternal care of His heavenly Father. 

What comes after death? A growing number of Americans are believing that the answer is “nothing.” You life, you die, and then nothing. Darkness. No consciousness. Oblivion. 

As I saw on a bumper sticker: First, life sucks. Then you die. 

Jesus trusted that His death would place his life in the hands of His loving Father. King David had put it this way: Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6). You gotta admit, that’s very different from First, life sucks. Then you die.

John Wesley was asked what made Methodists unique. He said,
“My people die well.” On his own death bed his last words were 
“The best of all is, God is with us!” 

I hope that when my time comes to die, I die well... that my last prayer on earth will be the same one Jesus prayed: 
                 Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.