I will have opportunity once again to speak at the community Good Friday service here in Ashland. This year I will be speaking on the seventh saying from the cross, which is "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
It is interesting that this word is the seventh, or what could be called the Sabbath word. The Sabbath was the seventh day of the week, the day in which God rested from all his work. Throughout Scripture the number seven takes on a symbolic sense of completion and fulfillment.
It is with this word that Christ breaths his last. He has completed his work and enters into a sort of rest. His body goes to the grave where it will lay undisturbed through the Sabbath day. His soul returns to the Father where it finds its rest in the perfect enjoyment of that communion.
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