Monday, July 26, 2010

Into Your Hands

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:44-46 (ESV)

My precious sister, today is Friday similar to many other Friday’s except one. We have been looking at the 7 things Jesus said while he hung on the cross. What we typically don’t think about is the surroundings of Jesus while on the cross. The sixth hour which would have been around noon total darkness fell over the entire land. Utter darkness. I remember as a child I witnessed a solar eclipse. Here is a description concerning a total eclipse. “The total phase of a solar eclipse is very brief. It rarely lasts more than several minutes. Nevertheless, it is considered to be one of the most awe inspiring spectacles in all of nature. The sky takes on an eerie twilight as the Sun's bright face is replaced by the black disk of the Moon. Surrounding the Moon is a beautiful gossemer halo. This is the Sun's spectacular solar corona.” During the crucifixion the sun light “failed” for not just a few minutes but for three hours. What an awesome thing to witness. People must have been afraid since they had never witnessed anything quite like it. On top of the darkness God allowed the curtain of the temple to be torn in two.

To me the darkness represents the sin that had completely covered the earth. During those three long hours Jesus’ suffering sacrifice was doing it’s work. The temple curtain being torn in two reminds all of us that we will no longer have to see God behind a curtain. Jesus made the only perfect sacrifice so that we can boldly come into his presence without a curtain.

The last thing Jesus said was , “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”

“Into your hands” I just love that. It is a great visual for all of us. I want to be in God’s hands. Isaiah 49:16 says this, “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Have a great weekend.

In Christ Alone,