It was now about noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle. Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, “Abba, into your hands I commend my spirit.” After he said this, he breathed for the last time.
- Luke 23: 44-46
At this station, we find the Jesus whose final breath was accompanied by the ultimate letting go into God… “I give you my Spirit.” At the time of Jesus, breath was considered to be life and spirit. When someone gives their last breath, we are aware that the life has gone out of the body that was only home to their spirit on this earth. For those that are left behind, it is difficult to accept that all is finished. God’s last words in the human form of Jesus were that the Spirit was returning to the Creator.
We lift up the names of those we have lost and give thanks that God holds them even now.