I commit my spirit

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

It is almost 3:00 when Jesus realizing that His death is imminent cries out to God the Father that He is ready and commits His spirit to the Father. He has hung on the cross since early in the morning, after one of the most severe whippings the Romans could inflect. With so much blood loss from the flogging and the nails it is a wonder He lived this long. He will utter on final word and then he will die.

Now some will make a big deal of what Luke writes are Jesus’ final words and what John wrote, claiming here is a contradiction. Is this a contradiction, really? Let’s take a quick look at the two authors. First, Luke, the historian, got his information secondhand, there is no evidence Luke was at the crucifixion. Luke would have interview people who had been there and most would have been at a distance since they were most likely concerned that they too would end up being arrested. John, we know was standing close to the cross. Close enough that Jesus asked him to take care of Mary.

Luke recorded what Jesus said loudly, possible what everyone in the area heard. John being close to Jesus would be able to write words that Jesus said softly, words that did not carry over the crowd. Two accounts each with their own vantage point. One writes from the vantage point of history and the other from a close by vantage point. Each correctly and accurately writes what was said.

So many so called contradictions in the Bible are just the same as what was Jesus’ last words, taking different eyewitnesses who were in different places or vantage points and because of the different location wrote what they heard and saw.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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