Commit | Devotion #2: In Hand
John Rigg | Assistant to the Reach Pastor
As a young man, even before I was able to get my driver’s license, cars excited me. There was something about them that I was drawn to and could not wait to own one of my own. While driving the back roads with my dad one day, I spotted a 1971 Camaro in the back of someone’s yard, and I just had to have it. It was a little beat up and had seen better days, yet I could see the potential in that car. I proceeded to head to the front porch of the house and knocked on the door. The owner answered, and to my surprise, he was willing to sell the car. The price he was asking was fair, yet in order for me to own this car, it was going to take all the cash I had. Nevertheless, before he could change his mind, I went back home, hooked up a car trailer and sped back to gentleman’s house and began to pull the car out from the weeds. We soon secured it on the trailer and was ready to drive away, but the car was still not mine. I still had to pay for it. So, I went to the front door once again and began placing $100 bills, one by one into the gentleman’s hand until I reached the asking price. I then shook his hand, turned around and walked towards the trailer and my newly loaded car. I was so excited! This car had cost me everything I had, but it was finally mine!
I am not sure if we will ever fully comprehend just how badly Jesus desires to have us and to call us His own. Much like the 1971 Camaro, sin has left us a little beaten up and looking as if we have seen better days. God had warned us that if we disobeyed Him, we would die, both physically and spiritually (Genesis 2:17). We sinned, and as a result, we look nothing like we should. Yet, even before that dreadful day when sin first entered into the world and separated us from Him, Jesus began His submission to the Father and God’s plan to rescue us and get us back.
Luke 23:46 records Jesus on the cross, “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.”
As Jesus entered into His last few moments of being nailed to a cross and paying the death penalty for the sins of the world, He cried out these words to His Father, “Into your hands I commit my spirit!”
Jesus placed His sinless life into the hands of the Father as payment for the sins of all mankind. However, it was not until full payment had reached the hands of the Father that made the transaction complete. Just as I was willing to pay the price for my car before I could take it home, Jesus was willing to pay the price to get us home!