Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
Luke 23:46 (NLT)
Into Your Hands
The Peace Arch is a monument situated near the westernmost point of the Canada–US border in the contiguous United States, between the communities of Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia. Construction of the 20.5 meter tall arch was dedicated a hundred years ago, in September 1921. The Peace Arch commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, and symbolizes a long history of peace between the two nations. Each year Scouts and Guides from both countries gather for the annual Hands Across the Border ceremony.
Trust is something that we earn, and that can be lost so easily. All of us have been disappointed by someone we admire, someone who is supposed to be a spiritual leader, but whom we discover is all too human. In the most intimate relationships, when trust is broken it is often tragic. So, when we are asked to trust God completely, we can sometimes find it challenging. We can learn an important lesson from the One who knows God the Father most intimately. At the point of death on the cross, we read in Luke 23:46 the final words of Jesus as He dies: “’Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ And with those words he breathed his last.” The Lord Jesus knew that at that moment, as the entire world had turned against Him and He was bearing the punishment for our sins, the One person to whom He could trust the deepest part of His nature, His soul, His spirit, was God the Father. And so can you. Whatever you are facing right now, whatever pain, grief, confusion, loneliness and opposition, you can entrust your life into the hands of God. Reach out to Him in faith today.
These have been words from the heart.