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A Content Savior

“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus he gave up the ghost.”  (Luke 23:46)

With these words, Christ’s earthly life ended.  He had endured the mockery and ridicule of men for many years and now Christ was going to heaven.  Even as He commended His spirit into the safety of the Father’s hand, so we must put our trust in the Father.

This cross word of contentment is the final of seven cross words spoken by Christ on the cross at Golgotha.  Immediately following these words Christ gave up the ghost.  Also at this time the veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom and the graves of many saints were opened.  These miracles were so great that even the wicked confessed the greatness of Christ.

What is the meaning of these words?  They mean that Christ has fulfilled His earthly labors and is ready to go to the Father.  For us they mean that our sins are forgiven and we are saved.

“I hear in these words an exuberant gladness; it sounds to me like a shout of victory.”  (Rev. Vos in the Standard Bearer, (Vol. 38, #12).  The heart of our Savior was filled with joy about the work He had done for His people.

In his book, The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross, Arthur Pink gives these words a meaning of confidence.  “These words set before us the last act of the Savior ere He expired.  It was an act of contentment, of faith, of confidence, and of love…well may a son submit any concern, however dear, into the hands of a father, especially such a Son into the hands of such a Father.”

This confidence is also displayed in a quote from the Keil-Delitzsch Commentary, “…he gives it over into his hand as a trust or deposit; for whatever is deposited there is safely kept, and freed from all danger and distress.”

In Psalm 31 King David is found in danger and he puts his trust in God by prophesying almost the exact words of this cross word.  In Psalm 31:5 David says, “Into thy hands I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”

This quote from Matthew Henry Commentary also shows us the contentment of Christ.  “Christ has hereby left us an example, has fitted those words of David to the purpose of dying saints, and hath, as it were, sanctified them for their use.  In death our great care should be about our souls, and we cannot more effectually provide for their welfare, than by committing them into the hands of God, as a father, to be sanctified and governed by his spirit and grace…”

So, if we commend our souls to God we will find contentment, even in death.