Brandon Bachtel, Lead Pastor
Christ’s final proclamation from the Cross is extremely significant. Just prior, Jesus exclaimed loudly with a triumphant voice, “It is finished!” Those words indicated that the end of His life drew near, while the beginning of a new life was available to all who would look to Him for salvation and transformation. Yet, when He spoke this final statement is was also significant “And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:46).
One of the most complex deaths in the history of mankind has been examined right before our eyes. We see a group of zealous, yet wicked men lead people towards crucifying a perfect savior. We see Jesus beaten, mocked, and rejected, yet Isaiah 53:10 says, “Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief”. In one sense it looks like Jesus was murdered by wicked men, on the other it seemed like His Father sent Him to the Cross. Then you recall the words of Jesus when He claims that no one could take His life, but that He willingly laid it down. (John 10:17-18) This perplexing examination of Jesus’ death and last words are a triumphal display from God to remind us that He has always had a plan to redeem humanity and our sin problem.
As a matter of fact, it should also remind us that Jesus was always in total control. Though He laid His life down for His friends, he always maintained His sovereign will, even until the very end. In Jesus’ humanity, He suffered an agonizing and brutal death. However, in Jesus’ deity, everything we see in the final days and hours happened just as He said it would. As “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30), Jesus took His final breath in submission. He calmly, yet magnificently displayed His humble, yet sovereign nature to the very end. Though He quietly left this earth, He shook the earth in what He accomplished. Wicked pharisees were not in control. Roman soldiers were not the victors. Satan DID NOT WIN!
1 Corinthians 15, 54-56 says, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As few looked on Jesus, a man of no comely appearance (Isaiah 53:2) as He hung lifeless on the Cross, the greatest moment in the history of mankind had taken place before their eyes. In just a few short days, Jesus would shatter death and the grave. His quiet moment of death will demolish sin, death, the grave, and be proclaimed loudly through a resurrection that brings life to all who look to Him.
1. Have you ever thought about the complexity of Jesus’ death? Take a few moments and ponder that the God of the universe allowed wicked men to brutally beat and kill Jesus to fulfill His plan perfectly.
2. Jesus died quietly and humbly, yet He arouse in splendor a few days later. What is your favorite benefit of knowing the resurrection story?