When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.” He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.
I would like to draw the attention to the phrase that says that Jesus “gave up” his spirit. This is so striking to me that Jesus didn’t just die because he was hanging on the cross. People who were crucified could last hours even days on the cross and usually died from asphyxiation. Jesus didn’t die from that, he willfully gave up his spirit, his life. He did this so that you and I could have a chance at eternal life. He did this so that we might become righteous, holy and pure like him. Without his sacrifice we would all be condemned to death. Life would just end where it ended with no chance of redemption from the little while lies and the big black lies, the little misdemeanor’s and the evils too great to speak of that exist on this earth.
I am SO thankful, so grateful that on this day, Good Friday, Jesus Christ decided to give up his spirit for me. Little, insignificant me, a mere speck in the universe, one soul of billions living on this planning, a mite in the great expanse of time. Nevertheless, He cared enough and loved me enough to die for me and for that I am eternally grateful.