Easter devotions #7 - Into your hands “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Luke 23:46 Today, as we celebrate the wonderful news that Christ is risen from the dead, we consider His final words before He died. Of the seven sayings that we have been looking at this week, three are prayers. Saying number one was a prayer for Jesus' enemies; “Father forgive”. Saying number four was a cry of anguish, “My God, why?” In this final saying, it is interesting to note that Jesus addresses God as Father once more. The distance and forsakenness which Jesus experienced earlier has now been replaced with a restored, intimate fellowship with His heavenly Father. The use of the word “commit” in this prayer is very significant; it conveys the idea that Jesus was fully in control at this stage. He is not helplessly passive here, as though death had overcome Him; rather He has voluntarily given His life and now consciously releases His spirit. There is no indication in these words of any frantic or desperate attempt to cling onto life. Rather, Jesus leaves for us a beautiful example of how to die well. The death and resurrection of Jesus offer great hope to us on this Easter Sunday. As the grave could not hold Him, neither will it hold those who trust in Him as Saviour! Having looked at these seven sayings from the cross this week, we hope that you have grown in appreciation of all that Jesus has done for us. We need to remember, though, that He would speak again after His resurrection. His final words on earth, given to His followers just before His ascension, contain an important message for us today: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 What a privilege to continue in that glorious work today.