1. Hello listening friends, we are glad you tuned in.
2. It is our deepest prayer and hope that you are being blessed through these messages.
3. These are an explanation of what Jesus said on the cross.
4. And before we get to statement number six, I want to tell you a few things.
5. There is a lot of talk about a world-wide banking problem.
6. There are people who say that your deposit in the banks of the world aren’t safe anymore.
7. Even in the United States where most of the deposits are insured by the government.
8. The truth is that there is not enough money to meet all the depositors.
9. All this of course is enough to give some people some sleepless nights.
10. Of course if all of our hope is our deposits in human institutions, then we will be miserable.
11. By contrast to this, there is a very ancient children’s prayer that goes something like this.
12. Now I lay me down to sleep.
13. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
14. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.
15. This prayer has been prayed by children for hundreds of years.
16. And it is an indication of willingness to deposit the most prized possession of all that is our own soul in the safest deposit place in the world.
17. And the sixth statement from the cross is an example of that.
18. The sixth statement from the cross is a childhood prayer that Jesus learned presumably from his mother since infancy.
19. It goes like this.
20. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
21. We have been looking over the last five broadcasts at the last statements from the cross.
22. And this time we come to the sixth and the next to the last statement.
23. This is a word that was used by many of Jesus’ followers through the ages.
24. It was said that Christopher Columbus’ last words were into thy hand I commit my spirit.
25. Martin Luther, the great reformers last words were, into thy hand I commit my spirit.
26. Sir Thomas Moore who was beheaded by Henry the Eighth before his execution, he prayed this prayer.
27. Into thy hands, I commit my spirit.
28. Probably countless of Christians through the years have prayed this prayer before they found themselves to be in the arms of Jesus.
29. Turn with me please to the gospel of Luke, chapter 23 beginning at verse 44.
30. We’ll read that to you.
31. If you look at the surrounding atmosphere that led to this cry.
32. You’re going to discover that this is not a cry of defeat but rather a cry of victory.
33. You will see that this cry is not a cry of being conquered by death, but conquering death.
34. You will see this cry to be not a cry of a victim of circumstances, but a cry of a one who is in control of the circumstances.
35. This sixth statement Luke tells us, was a cry with a loud voice.
36. And it was right for Jesus to cry this particular cry in a loud voice.
37. For those who stood before him jeering him, reviling him, taunting him, and actually thrusting their tongues out at him in mockery.
38. They cried out and they said, he saved others, now he can’t save himself.
39. So it is fitting for Jesus to cry out in a loud voice, Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit.
40. It was loud enough that the angels in heaven would hear it.
41. It was loud enough so that the devil below may heed it.
42. It was loud enough for the crowd to take note of it.
43. Someone who had studied the torture of crucifixion noted the following.
44. Normally crucified people linger on the cross as long as 48 hours.
45. And when they finally die, they die with a whimper, not with a loud cry.
46. The uniqueness of Jesus’ death is that he died after only 6 hours.
47. And as a commander who dismisses a servant from his presence, he dismissed his spirit.
48. Not only did he die in 6 hours and not 48 hours.
49. But he died not with a whimper, but with a loud cry.
50. Medical science has interpreted this cry as a result of his heart rupturing or breaking.
51. Theologically, it is interpreted that Christ died with a cry of a conquering hero.
52. Christ died with a cry of a victor in battle.
53. Christ died with the cry of an over-comer.
54. Christ died with the cry of triumph.
55. The centurion had heard many people die on the cross before, but never did he hear someone die with a cry of victory.
56. So much so that he said, surely, this was a righteous man.
57. Let us look at that cry itself.
58. One of the two criminals who hung beside Jesus died with a curse.
59. But the Lord Jesus died with a scriptural prayer on his lips.
60. Please turn with me to Psalm 31.
61. This Psalm that Jesus quoted here in the sixth word from the cross.
62. Listen carefully.
63. Remember that each one of the seven words of Jesus from the cross.
64. Is either fulfillment of a prophecy from the Old Testament, or the fulfillment of Old Testament prediction.
65. When Jesus said, Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.
66. It was the fulfillment of Isaiah 53 verse 12.
67. He made intercessions for his transgressors.
68. When he looked at the penitent criminal and said, today you shall be with me in paradise.
69. It was a fulfillment of Matthew chapter 1 verse 21.
70. You shall call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins.
71. When he looked at his mother and said, woman, behold your son.
72. It was a fulfillment of the prophecy made by Simian to Mary in Luke chapter 2 verse 35.
73. And Simian said a sword will pierce through your own soul.
74. When he cried out in the darkness of midnight that overcame the brightness of midday.
75. And says, my God, my God, why have Thou forsaken me.
76. It was a direct quote from Psalm 22 verse 1.
77. When he cried out, I thirst, it was a direct quote from Psalm 69 verse 21.
78. Which says that in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
79. In the deliberate foreknowledge of God every detail of the cross was given so that we know for sure that the crucifixion was not a misfortune of fate.
80. That the crucifixion was not the sad waste of life.
81. That the crucifixion was not the surrender to martyrdom.
82. That the crucifixion was not the unfortunate end of a good life.
83. Jesus was the only man who was born of a woman for the sole purpose of dying.
84. And when Jesus cried out, Father into thy hands I commit my spirit.
85. It was the scriptural prayer that every devoted Jew had prayed at the end of the day.
86. Scholars have said that this was not a cry of panic.
87. It was not the cry of fear.
88. But it was the cry of confidence that Jesus had prayed every evening for 30 plus years of his life.
89. I want to speak to the parents who are listening to us today.
90. I want to tell you that the prayer that you teach your children will be remembered into their manhood and into their womanhood.
91. Don’t neglect that responsibility.
92. The word here, I commit, is a word that means, I deposit.
93. Jesus is saying with confidence, to your hands, I deposit my spirit.
94. Of course to Jesus, the word hands riveted with a special meaning at this time.
95. His own hands were fastened to the wood of the cross.
96. The hands of wicked men hung him there.
97. And in Matthew 17:22, he predicted his cross and said, the Son of Man will fall into the hands of sinners.
98. In Matthew 26:45.
99. Immediately before the crucifixion.
1. He spoke of being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
2. Those were the hands that flogged him.
3. Those were the hands that hammered the nails into his own hands.
4. Those were hands that crowed him with thorns.
5. For 12 hours he had been in the hands of men.
6. The worst that the hands of men could do had been done to him.
7. But now he is to be deposited into the hands of the Father.
8. The hands of the Father meant that 3 days later he would be resurrected.
9. The hands of the Father meant that 40 days later he would be in the presence of the Father.
10. Being in the hands of the Father meant that when he comes back again, he will not fall into our hands but we will fall into his hands.
11. Where do you deposit your life everyday?
12. Do you deposit confidently with the Father or do you deposit into your own hands?
13. Who sits in the driver’s seat in your daily life?
14. Who sits in the driver’s seat in your decision making process?
15. Are you flattered by your own brilliant ideas?
16. Or do you spend time at the throne of grace discerning the will of God and being willing to obey that will?
17. Do you wake up in the morning and say, Lord I deposit my life into your hands and then go onto your business keeping your life in your own hands?
18. Now here is the difference between you being in the driver’s seat or God being in the driver’s seat.
19. When you are in the driver’s seat you begin to think, what is the right thing to do.
20. When you are in the driver’s seat, you ask, what is the clever thing to do.
21. When you are in the driver’s seat, you ask, what will make me look good.
22. When you are in the driver’s seat, you ask, what will prove I am right.
23. When you are in the driver’s seat, you ask, how can I rise to the top.
24. Your subconscious prayer then becomes, Father, I deposit my life into my own hands.
25. And it’s okay for you to bless my ideas.
26. Then you read the Scripture or a book or you hear a sermon or you get challenged to give him control.
27. And then you repent and you say, Lord, into your hands I deposit my life.
28. But a day or two later the same scenario is repeated again with amazing precision.
29. What is happening here?
30. You have not really learned how to truly surrender.
31. I have never seen or been anywhere near the Dead Sea.
32. But some of my friends have.
33. And one of them tells me the story of how in the deep section of the Dead Sea, he fell into the Dead Sea and he could not swim.
34. And he became panic stricken and in desperation he began to thrash about with his arms and his legs fearing that he is going to sink or drown.
35. At last when he was completely exhausted he felt he could do no more he cried out to God and prepared for the worst.
36. Oh, but what a surprise was waiting for him.
37. For as soon as he relaxed, the water buoyed him up.
38. He had forgotten that the Dead Sea is so filled with salt and other minerals.
39. And whenever anyone can lie still he can easily float upon its surface.
40. You will not drown in the Dead Sea as long as you resign yourself to the buoyancy of the water.
41. You see if you simply relinquish your controlling spirit and say Father, in your hands I deposit every event in my life.
42. If you’d say, Father I deposit into your hands every problem in my life.
43. Father into your hand I deposit my job and my business.
44. Father into your hands I deposit my children and my family and my spouse.
45. Father into your hands I deposit my future.
46. You can be assured of one thing and that is God will take over and you will relax and rest in him.
47. Someone said that God’s ways are behind the scenes.
48. But he moves all the scenes which he is behind.
49. And we have to learn this lesson.
50. Can you say with me,
51. Father into your hands I deposit my spirit.
52. Until we meet next time, I wish you God’s richest blessings.