"When Jesus had received the wine, he said, 'It is finished.' Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
It is truly a stunning thing to be there and watch as someone passes from life into death. I have only had the privilege one time, but it was a gift to behold. One minute they are alive, the next minute they are not. One minute they are struggling, gasping to breathe, the next minute they are at peace. It's as if God reaches in, cradles them and carries their spirit away. I think the key word in this scripture is "gave." Jesus gave up his spirit. No one took it from him, he voluntarily gave it up to join us in our mortality. Human beings die all the time, but Jesus gave up his spirit so he could join humanity in the one last human experience--death. Jesus joined us in what will happen for all of us. And it's a beautiful thing. Today, instead of concentrating on the tragedy of the cross, let's ponder and pray with the act of love that is the cross. Jesus joining with us to the end of our lives. Jesus joining us in our every bit of being human. Love, heidi