Friday, April 06, 2007

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

Good Friday

Fourth Stanza
v.7 oppressed ... afflicted ... yet he did not open his mouth ... led like a lamb to slaughter
John the Baptist cried out when he saw Jesus coming toward him, ""Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" "Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?" But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed." (Matt 27:13-14).

v.8 by oppression and judgement he was taken away ... for the transgression of my people he was stricken
Jesus was given an unfair trial ... for our sake, he was crucified on the cross, and died for our sins, that we may also die in our sins.

v.9 he was assigned a grave with the wicked ... with the rich in his death
Jesus was to be given a grace with the condemned but instead he was buried with the rich in his death. The wealthy Joseph of Arimathea gave Jesus an honorable burial by placing his body in his tomb.

As Jesus called out, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit", and breathed his last, may we too remembering what he has done, cry out to our Father God, "into your hands I commit my spirit" and breathe our last in owning our lives, it is no longer ours but Christ's.

Picture by Josee Holland

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