After a long journey we have reached our goal. It was a modest objective, just to blog something about my ongoing spiritual insights for each day of my Lenten observance. I began Lent with my life in a dry space and in the midst of change (see Lent: Day Two) and I am ending it with a slightly clearer picture on several fronts, but still no sure place to call my church home. However, I am learning more about patience, so I am in no hurry to put down roots ahead of Gods leading.
Today is also the last posting on the last seven words of Jesus upon the cross. I pray these little meditations have been helpful to you.
The Last Seven Words of Jesus
Seventh phrase: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
The son, abandoned to sin, now turns in faith to his Father in the sure hope of resurrection, taking the first steps on the path that all of us who follow him will tread upon.
It is very fitting that the fight for the life of Terri Schiavo should play itself out at this time, for indeed, as her life ebbs away, she steps onto the same path her Lord has already trod.
Earlier in his ministry, Jesus had told his disciples “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” With his impending death only moments away, Jesus becomes the first man, the first born among many brothers, to walk the path of redemption, showing the way for all of us to follow. The thief, to whom he promised paradise, will shortly follow, the first of many, and unless something unexpected happens, Terri will join them shortly.
Redemption has now taken a specific, singular path; it is only by faith in the shed blood of the only Son of God. There is no better place for it to be. Looking forward to this beginning moment of salvation Jesus had said
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:28-29
Speaking further to the uniqueness of this specific, singular path of salvation, Jesus further said
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
With Jesus’ hand wrapped tightly around us and his fingerprints on our soul, we will finally arrive, along with him, at the end of our journey, at the purpose of our existence.
Father, into your hands we too commit our spirits and for your loving consideration, the spirit of Terri Schiavo. In your mercy, O Lord, hear our prayer.