In the Father’s Hands

Based on: Luke 23:46

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  Jesus said from the rough wooden cross as life itself was allowed to leave his body.  With all of our offenses paid for he placed himself into the loving hands of the Almighty Father and gave up his spirit. 

As he spoke those words Jesus was thinking of her.  And not just of her, but he had on his mind the names and faces of every one of us.  Perhaps we have trouble thinking of more than a few people at once, but Jesus was thinking of every human being ever.  Remember, he is God and not just man.  We are the reason he died.  By his sacrifice he removed every sin that separated us from God so we could be children of God – so we could be part of his family.  Now we call God our Father and Jesus our Brother.

We will say more about God’s family in a few moments, but let’s say some things about her family.  When I went to the hospital to see her a few weeks ago, it was easy to tell which room was hers.  It was the one with all the people nearby.  Family and friends filled her room and even overflowed into the hall.

Her family and friends were there to show their support, to be with her, and most of all to express their love for her.  Her family was a vital part of her life.  She took care of family and family took care of her.  She loved her family and her family loved her.  It was obvious every time I went to see her at home how close this family was.

That word “Family” also explains her gentle acceptance of the end of her life here on earth.  Even as family was taking care of her here on earth she knew her family was waiting for her in heaven.  She knew that her Heavenly Father, in particular, was waiting to receive her home.  Remember what Jesus said from the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  That same Father who received into his hands the spirit of his Son had his hands open waiting for her. 

Let me tell you about those hands.  Those hands are not cold and uncaring hands, but warm and loving hands.  They are gentle yet strong hands – able to protect from anything evil.  That is where she is now – in the hands of her Heavenly Father.

As Jesus lived and died on this earth he was bringing back together the family that was torn apart by that first sin by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and kept apart by every one of our sins since.  He brought us and God back together and made it possible for us to call the Almighty God our good and loving Father.

Now everyone who trusts that Jesus’ death has cleared their debt before God can say, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” 

As Jesus said those words, he had the authority to lay down his life at the moment of his choosing.  For the Christian those words are a recognition that our Heavenly Father is in control of our life and our death, that our spirit already belongs to him along with our bodies and everything else. 

With faith in Jesus as her Savior, she let her God-given faith show itself in her calm trust in God’s decision for her life.  May we also leave the days of our life and our death in God’s loving and capable hands until that day when God, the giver of body and soul, will reunite body and soul on the last day and we will again see her and all of God’s children with our Savior.



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