Day 11: Into Your Hands
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)
It is not long after his cry of abandonment that he offered the greatest demonstration of trust in the history of the world. "Father into your hands I commit my spirit."
To the Father he could not see.
To fulfill a plan that had long since faded from view.
In utter despair and loneliness, Jesus did what Adam and Eve could not do living in the most pristine and beautiful of gardens. He trusted his Father. He committed his entire being into his Father's hands and in doing so breathed his last. The horror of the cross had reached its end. Sin had been consumed and his body spent. But his dying breath affirmed a heart of trust beyond comprehension. Now death's barrier had been crossed in a state of absolute trust and surrender. The power of death would be conquered, too.
Paul affirms repeatedly that God's work at the cross stands as the undeniable proof that we are loved. That God would go to such lengths to rescue us from our own waywardness so that we might be his friend forever secures God's motive concerning each of us. "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:7-8).
By inserting himself between us and our destruction God wanted us to know that we could trust him about anything. When the reality of the cross sinks home, the enemy's wedge is dislodged. No longer do we need to hesitate to trust this incredible Father and his intentions toward us, especially when we lose sight of what God is doing in our lives, or question his seeming inactivity. Instead of doubting him, we can assume he's doing something greater than our expectations might allow for and continue to walk with him instead of separating our self from him.
Not only does the cross demonstrate God's willingness to love us at the ultimate personal cost, but Jesus also modeled for us how we can live in that trust - "Into your hands I commit my spirit." When I can't figure out what God is doing; when I've just messed up to the greatest degree; when I'm lonely and empty, the answer is still the same, "Into your hands I commit my spirit."