Mar. 28, 2021
Into Your Hands / It Is Finished
John 19:30 & Luke 23:44-46
2. It Is Finished…Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
“Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.”
a. Jesus is offering up a ____________.
Jesus’s entire life was fashioned and ____________ by prayer.
The New Testament contains ____________ references to Jesus praying.
Three of Jesus’s seven last words from the cross are ____________
i. Father, ____________ them.
ii. My God, my God, why have you ____________ me?
iii. Father, into your ____________ I commit my spirit.
“In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me. Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me. You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.”
“Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many—terror all around!—as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life.”
“Blessed be the LORD, for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was beset as a city under siege. I had said in my alarm, “I am driven far from your sight.” But you heard my supplications when I cried out to you for help…Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 31:21-22, 24
b. Jesus waited…God heard…When Jesus commits his spirit into the Father’s hands, he is not announcing the end of a failed mission, not a victory by the earthly powers of violence and death, but a triumph by God and God alone.
“Into your hand I commit my spirit; YOU have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.”
c. The hands of the Father are safe and ____________.
d. The temple curtain was torn from ____________ to bottom.
Prior to Jesus’ death, access to God was ____________.
“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
But when the one-for-all sacrifice of Christ was made and he cried out, “It is finished… Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” the curtain—the separation—the limited access to God—was destroyed ____________.
[Jesus] bows his head and gives up his spirit: the literal reading of the original Greek is that he “hands over” his spirit, his breath, his life, into the hands of the One in whom he has complete ____________.
tetelestai (te-tel-les’-ty) translated “It is finished”; to end, ____________, execute, discharge (a debt).
It was complete…nothing remained undone…God ____________ us in!
a. We have ____________ business.
“…I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
b. What is my unfinished business? Name it… __________________________________________________________________________________________________
c. How can we ensure we finish strong?
Commit to a finishing ____________.
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
A finished decision…
i. Motivates you to endure short term ____________ for long term ____________. (Hebrews 12:2, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
ii. Diminishes ____________ influence. (Matthew 16:33, Hebrews 12:1)
d. Execute finishing ____________.
“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”
2 Corinthians 8:11
“...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
e. Who will be number one in your life?
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”