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No One Ever Died Like That

May 30, 2019

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46 (NIV)

Do you see the significance of this? The hell is over. The price is paid. The infinite agonies endured by the Son of God have passed, and the light of the Father’s love now shines on him again.

What’s the significance of the “loud voice?” Have you ever been with a family member when he or she died? Nobody dies with a loud voice. If you’ve got a loud voice, it’s because you still have more time.

Nobody speaks in a loud voice at the moment of death, but Jesus did, and the reason for that is he wasn’t overwhelmed by death. He didn’t run out of strength. Death didn’t overcome him.

Here is Jesus’ own explanation: “No one takes it [my life] from me… I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again” (John 10:18). Christ’s life was not taken by death; it was given. He gave himself in death: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Christ entered death, not with a whisper of defeat, but with a shout of triumph—it is finished! The apostle Mark comments, “When the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, ‘Surely this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39). Do you see the glory of Jesus’ death? No one ever died like that.

What does it mean to you to know that Jesus triumphed over death?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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