It is the most important event in history.
When Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross, was buried and rose again, He changed the course of history. We celebrate His resurrection today.
I have gone through the seven sayings of Jesus in my posts this week.
The first statement was one of forgiveness… He prayed for the forgiveness of His enemies.
The second statement was one of assurance… He assured the thief on the cross that He would join Him in paradise that day.
The third statement was one of compassion. He compassionately made provisions for the care of His mother following His death.
The fourth statement was one of anguish. Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?”
The fifth statement was one of personal need as He cried out “I thirst.”
The sixth statement was one of completion as Jesus said, “It is finished.”
The seventh and final statement of our Lord was one of committal. Just before Jesus died, He said, “Father, into thy hands I commit My spirit.”
What happened when Jesus said this?
First, the veil of the temple is torn in two from top to bottom. This is significant because up until this, no one was able to go past the veil of the temple except for the Great High Priest and He only did it once a year. The veil separated from the temple from the Holy of Holies. The Holy of Holies was the place where the ark of the covenant was held and the mercy seat. But again, only the great High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies. But, when Jesus said, “Into Thy Hands I Commit My Spirit” the veil was torn in two meaning man now had direct access to God.
Second, Jesus was committing His redemptive act to the Father. He said, “Father, Into Thy Hands I COMMIT my spirit.” That meant that Jesus mission was accomplished.
After Jesus said this, He took His last breathe. God had now provided salvation for mankind.
But the final thing that happened was the Roman Centurion realized Jesus was the Messiah. Hopefully… prayerfully… others will do the same today, this Easter Sunday and beyond.
Today, we are celebrating the greatest event in the history of man. Jesus Christ gave His life, was buried and rose again. Jesus resurrection changes History