Into Your Hands

Catherine McNiel | August 9, 2018

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Luke 23:46

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

—Luke 23:46

Recently, one of my children asked me what happens when we die. Specifically. Like an itinerary. My life-long curiosity and Bible-study notwithstanding, I didn’t have a step-by-step narration of the moments that follow our final breath. Nobody does. There is only one person whom God has resurrected so far, and He didn’t offer a lot of specific details. 

But the Bible makes one thing clear: God is trustworthy, and our Creator is the One beside us in life and in death. 

When Jesus faced His final moments, He called out “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus approached death, not easily or painlessly, but with full confidence in the Father.

Far greater than streets of gold, jeweled crowns, or heavenly mansions, this is the most valuable promise I could ask for: God is worthy to be trusted even in death.

Whatever life-after-death may bring, with Jesus we know that the loving, trustworthy hands of a parent will be holding us to the very end.

Questions for reflection and discussion: What brings you comfort when you contemplate the moment of your death? What emotions are stirred by the thought? Can you imagine placing your spirit into the hands of a loving Father? Why or why not? 

This week's devotions were written by Catherine McNiel. Catherine and her family have been part of WBC since 2008. Her husband, Matthew, is the director of Puente del Pueblo, our church’s ministry that serves residents of the Timber Lake Apartments and several other areas of West Chicago. Catherine is the author of Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline. (NavPress).

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