Welcome to Good Friday.
Our Bible passage is Luke Chapter 23 verses 44-49, ‘The Father’, whom Jesus addresses as He speaks His last words on the cross.
Jesus’ work was completed; so now, He called out “with a loud voice” of triumph and joy, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (v.46), seemingly quoting Psalm 31 v.5. And then Luke simply records that He breathes his last.
Sinclair Ferguson, our writer, puts it like this, ‘Jesus’ obedience to his Father, and his suffering, had a passive dimension; he was crucified by the hands of wicked and cruel men. But he had also been actively obedient: “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians Ch.2 v.8).His work was finished now. It was time to go home to the Father. He breathed a sigh of relief and committed himself into his hands.’
So to reflect on this most important day: ‘There are many reasons to love the Lord Jesus. Today express your love for him because for your sake he lived his entire life, moment by moment, in loving obedience to his heavenly Father – not least when it was most difficult.’