'Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏFather, into thy hands I commend my spirit!' And having said this He breathed His last.' -Luke 25:46
Complete trust brings forth absolute freedom. The word 'commend' comes from the Latin word “commendare” from “com” (expressing intensive force) + “mandare” (commit, entrust).
Beaten, bruised, bloody, gasping for air, hands and feet nailed to a cross, hearing passersby scoff at the sight of his mangled body … in the midst of all this, Jesus chose to entrust His life to God the Father.
One of my favorite books is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. There is a chapter entitled The Perfect Penitent, in which the author writes about the mystery of the Lord's passion. He explains how 'God can only share [with us] what He has.' For example 'we love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it.'
He applies this to the passion of Christ. Up until the time of Jesus, God had not gone through the suffering, humiliation, and death of the crucifixion. This dying to self, which is what going back to God is like, is what repentance entails.
Due to our fallen nature, we need God's help; we need His grace so that we can walk the road of repentance. Remember, God can only share with us that which He has.
Repentance is something He did not have in his own nature (He doesn't need it, but we do), but His coming to earth and becoming man allowed Him to walk that road. We can surrender, we can endure suffering, we can embrace humiliation, we can die to ourselves, we can entrust our lives to God the Father because Christ did it first … and He did it perfectly.
When reflecting on the last words Jesus spoke, I am in awestruck wonder. He went through the most horrendous suffering anyone could go through; he not only endured physical torture but also emotional turmoil to the highest degree. In the midst of all of that, He still chose to commend His spirit into the hands of the Father.
Complete trust brings forth absolute freedom. Jesus entrusted His whole self to God the Father, breathed His last, and on the third day He rose again. By being obedient unto death, life was victorious.
About 4 years ago I remember watching my friend Chris and his daughter Lily. She would delight in being held by her father, she would often throw her hands up in the air and fall back, with complete confidence that Chris would catch her every single time … which he did. There was never a hint of fear or hesitation in Lily's face as she fell back into the hands of her father. She knew she was safe, she knew she was cared for. Even if Lily couldn't see behind her to ensure Chris was ready to catch her, she still chose to trust him.
There is much room for growth when it comes to my trusting the Lord with my whole heart. It's hard at times, especially when all I can see is unclear or all I can feel is hurt.
But I have hope … I can stand on His grace. I can trust completely, I can surrender fully because He holds my hand while I do it.
God my Father, I pray for the grace to entrust my life to you, just as Jesus did at the cross. Grant me the grace to surrender so that I can receive life, and receive it to the fullest. Amen.