When we have lost a loved one, their final words resonate in our hearts as we go on with life. With Resurrection Sunday just passed, my heart continues to mull on the words of Christ on the cross. Now, I know He still speaks...and He spoke after the Resurrection. But upon the Cross the whole heart of God lay bare for us to see.
Words matter for they both reveal and produce reality. Many things influence words: culture, circumstances, fatigue, motivations and stress are but a few. The truth, though, is that words reflect the heart of the speaker.
The next three utterances…made with extreme difficulty as he pushed his body up to get air to speak, reveal faith, fulfillment and contentment. In his despairing cry, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” there is faith. Separated for the first time in eternity from the Father--by the sin of the world, not His own sin, Jesus cried out in faith. He trusted the Father to answer despite His circumstances and feelings.
Let us rejoice in the example of Jesus, our King. Might we be like Him: faith-filled; Scripture-saturated and wholly submitted to the plans of the Father.
The seventh statement of Christ must be our daily refrain: Into thy hands, I commit my Spirit. His work done, Christ entrusted His essence to the Father. Those watching did not yet see the victory—but it was, and is and always will be. This final statement is one we can choose day-by-day. As we live in Him, our circumstances need not defeat us. The victory is won. Christ is our Holy Abode until the day we rule and reign with Him upon the new earth!