Luke 23:44-46 (NIV)
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
“Jesus emerged from the blackness before he died. He did not have to wait for an open tomb and a resurrection body. The face of his Father shone lovingly upon him again on this side of the grave. Darkness may still have covered the land. The fearful rending of the ‘veil of the temple’ might intimidate any who saw it. But for Jesus the battle was ended.” [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]
“With this he ‘breathed his last,’ in control to the very end. The powers of darkness have not won but lost. In his death salvation was secured for humankind, and it came not when earthly or cosmic forces demanded but when God so willed. The greatest act of love humankind will ever know was now complete, and the powers of darkness were once for all conquered.” [Grant Osborne. Luke Verse by Verse.]
Prayer: Jesus, you are our only hope. May your kingdom come. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. By your Spirit, we commit our lives into your hands for today and the battles ahead. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “You Hold Me Now” by Hillsong Worship (click here).