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The 7 sayings of Christ (Father into thy hands I commend my spirit)

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Published on May 14, 2012

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During HOLY WEEK reciting the Last 7 saying of Jesus Christ is a Tradition here at Revival Temple.

The Seventh Word:
"Father into thy hands I commend my spirit"
(Luke 23:46)

Two of the last seven "words" of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier Jesus had Psalm 22, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" to express his anguish. Later he borrowed from Psalm 31, which comes to us from Luke as "Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands."
On an obvious level, Jesus was putting his post mortem future in the hands of his Heavenly Father. It was as if he was saying, "Whatever happens to me after I die is your responsibility, Father."
But when we look carefully at the Psalm Jesus quoted, we see more than what at first meets our eyes. Psalm 31 begins with a cry for divine help:
O LORD, I have come to you for protection;
don't let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right. (v. 1)
But then it mixes asking for God's deliverance with a confession of God's strength and faithfulness:
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God. (v. 5)
By the end, Psalm 31 offers praise of God's salvation:
Praise the LORD,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack. (v. 21)
By quoting a portion of Psalm 31, therefore, Jesus not only entrusted his future to his Father, but also implied that he would be delivered and exonerated. No, God would not deliver him from death by crucifixion. But beyond this horrific death lay something marvelous. "I entrust my spirit into your hands" points back to the familiar suffering of David in Psalm 31, and forward to the resurrection.



Revival Temple
1601 North Tonopah Drive
Las vegas, Nevada 89106
B.E. McCurdy Pastor

SUNDAY
10:am Sunday School
11:30 am Morning Worship
7:pm Young People Willing Workers Bible Study
8:00 pm Eveing Worship

TUESDAY
7:30pm Bible Study & Youth Activities

Friday
7:30pm Home & Foreign Mission Bible study
Youth Service & Activities followed by exhortation from our Pastor

We have Prayer Services Monday - Saturday at 6:am
PLEASE LET US ALL REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THE SICK & THE SHUT-IN'S

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