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 23:46).
Read Luke 23:44-49.
An unnatural darkness fell upon the land from noon to three in the afternoon. Luke explains, "The sun's light failed" (Luke 23:45a). This profound darkness marked the judgment of mankind's sins, the bitter darkness of hell.
At Jesus' death at the end of those three hours, the curtain of the temple was torn in two: a powerful sign for the Jewish rulers. Throughout the Old Testament this curtain symbolized the separation sin had caused between God and humanity. In Jesus' perfect sacrifice, that boundary of sin is completely removed, and we have direct access to God through Jesus (see Hebrews 9:11-12).
With His Heavenly Father's anger stilled, our salvation secured, and His work completed, Jesus cries out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!" and He breathes His last.
The centurion, seeing how Jesus' suffered and died, and the signs that accompanied His death (see Matthew 27:51-53) praises God, and proclaims Jesus' innocence. Clearly, Jesus was no criminal, and He didn't deserve to be executed with them.
Luke next points us to the crowds standing nearby. Having seen the darkness and the other signs accompanying Jesus' death, they return home beating their breasts. This Jewish sign of regret and sorrow shows they knew a guiltless man had been put to death. They cease to be spectators and become repentant Jews, ripe for Peter's wondrous sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:22-24).
Finally, at a distance, stand some of Jesus' acquaintances and faithful women who had followed Him from Galilee. In the coming days they will play an important role in our story.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, the miracles that accompanied Your death proved that You are indeed the Son of God, Savior of the world. Strengthen my faith that I may always trust in Your all-sufficient ransom for my sins. Amen.
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