a) Reflection on God’s Word:
“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said: ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!’ And having said this He breathed His last.” (Lk 23:44-46)
“... the earth was shaken, and the rocks were rent... When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said: ‘Truly this was the Son of God!’” (Mt 27:51.54)
Streams of blood, which is still darker, are flowing down the deadly pale Jesus’ face. The cheeks covered in wounds elongate. The lips are blue and contracted. His head is sinking onto His breast, the heart stops beating. Jesus knows that He is on the threshold of death. With His last surge of strength He presses His feet against the nail, takes a deep breath and cries out with a loud voice: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” His hands, first clenched, now open and the arms droop. The knees are bent and rotate laterally. The head declines on breast lifelessly. The Lord Jesus breathes His last. It is three o’clock in the afternoon.
Jesus died not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation but of cardiac rupture (rupture of heart) due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium. When the Roman soldier approached Jesus’ cross, to make sure that Jesus was really dead he thrust a spear into His right side. When the spear was pulled out, there was a sudden flow of blood and water – as the apostle John describes. This was the blood from the pericardium separated into clot and serum. Thick blood flowed freely only under its own weight.
Jesus’ death was the hardest psychical and spiritual battle on our planet and at the same time in all universe. At that moment the power of sin, the demonic power, was broken.
Jesus expressed both His and our life programme in the words of the prayer Our Father: “Father, Your will be done!”
The Apostle asks: “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Rom 6:3) Baptism has a character of a covenant. Jesus gave His life for you – that was a “YES” for you on His part. Your “yes” is conditioned by knowledge of the essence of baptism and by readiness to die to yourself.
b) Recitation of God’s Word (5 min): I realize the dying and death of Jesus. We all repeat: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
c) Prayer according to God’s Word (5 min): This is the will of the Heavenly Father, that I may be saved (cf. Jn 6:40). We all say together: “Father”, and one of us adds: “Your will be done!” (Mt 6:10)
d) Prayer of the heart (5 min): We call: “Aaaa... baa”. In this calling I commit my spirit together with Jesus’ spirit into the arms of the Father and accept whatever time and way of my death.