He Breathed His Last

And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ”  Having said this, He breathed His last. LUKE 23:46 NKJV

When Jesus breathes his last breath, He commits His spirit to His Father. He goes on to overcome death to receive everlasting life. As promised, the veil of the temple is torn miraculously. At these signs, the crowd seems to realize that something significant had taken place. The centurion praises God.

So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!” And the whole crowd who came together to that sight, seeing what had been done, beat their breasts and returned. LUKE 23:47-48 NKJV

I like the story of Joseph, who was a good man. He was a council member who had not agreed with what was taking place. He requests that Pilate give him the body of Christ. He proceeds to give Jesus the proper burial.

And the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after, and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment. LUKE 23:55-56 NKJV

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This is the King of the Jews

One of my favorite passages in scripture is when one of the prisoners recognizes who Jesus is on the cross.

Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39, 40, 42, 43 NKJV)

Jesus is dying on the cross. Two other prisoners are dying with Him. He still offers grace to the one prisoner because he recognized who Christ was and that He would enter His kingdom.

And an inscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (Luke 23:38 NKJV)