Seven Sayings from the Cross

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit": and having said thus, he gave up the ghost – Luke 23:46

The seventh and last lesson that we learn from Jesus on the cross is this: commend yourself to the loving hands of your Father. We can apply this lesson to ourselves in at least two ways.

First, right here and now we can recognize and trust that, for his own good purposes, he is either bringing or allowing every event into our lives—“for of him, and through him, and to him, are all things” (Romans 11:36). Therefore we can glory even in tribulation, knowing that tribulation works patience, and patience experience, and experience hope, so that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us (Romans 5:3-5).

Second, we can commend ourselves to our loving Father’s hands for the future, to carry us from this world to the next. There is no door in our lives so mysterious, troubling, or sorrowful as the door of Death. And yet, as believers, we can rest in our Father’s certain and unwavering promise that death is—as it was for his Son Jesus—but the door that leads us to his lap.

Do you have worries, fears, sorrows, pains, or discouragements? Commend yourself to the loving hands of your Father and know that he will never let you go.