The last words which we have recorded of Jesus speaking from the cross are, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). Then, we’re told, “having said this, he breathed His last” (Luke 23:46).
I find it significant that his dying words were addressed to the Father. Jesus is recorded as speaking seven times from the cross (Luke 23:34; Luke 23:43; John 19:26-27; Matt. 27:46; John 19:28; John 19:30; Luke 23:46). Three of these times are words which are addressed to the Father (Luke 23:34; Matt. 27:46; Luke 23:46). Jesus was a man of prayer. He prayed publicly (Mark 6:38-44 cf. John 6:11; Mark 8:5-9 cf. Matt. 15:35-38; Mark 14:22-23 cf. Luke 22:19-20). He prayed privately (Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; John 6:15 cf. Mark 6:46; Luke 9:28; Mark 14:32).
Question: How often do you commune with God in prayer?
Furthermore, I find it significant that Jesus quoted scripture. Twice from the cross, he quoted scripture (Matt. 27:46 cf. Psalm 22:1; Luke 23:46 cf. Psalm 31:5). Jesus was a man of the book. Jesus said things like “have ye not read?” (Matt. 12:3 12:5; 19:4; 21:16; 21:42; 22:31; 24:15)… “it is written” (Matt. 4:4; 4:7; 4:10; 11:10; 21:13; 26:24; 26:31)… “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God” (Matt. 22:29). He taught “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”(Matthew 4:4).
Question: Is God’s word flowing from your lips?
Jesus clearly trusted in God, “into thy hands I commend my spirit.” The word “commit”(NKJV) or “commend” (KJV) means “to place with someone, entrust, commit” (W.E. Vine) … commit to one’s charge… to commend one to another for protection, safety, etc.” (J.H. Thayer). Jesus’ words are much like those of Paul: “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
Question: How is your faith?
One last point: Jesus knew where to leave things. The Jewish leaders had behaved wickedly. Pilate had behaved cowardly. An injustice had been done. He was suffering. He was dying. The mob was cruel. Yet, he did not lower himself to the level of others. He did not curse at them, or spit at them. He committed himself to God. Peter wrote, “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit (guile KJV) found in His mouth’; who, when he was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threatened, but committed (kept entrusting NASB; continued entrusting ESV) Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23). He is our example in how to deal with injustice.
Question: When injustice is done to you do you commit yourself to the righteous judge knowing that justice will be done?