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Additional information for Sunday’s Sermon

16 Apr

This Sunday I’ll be taking about Jesus words, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  This is actually a quote from Psalm 31:5, and these words have been used repeatedly throughout Christian history.  I’ll mention a few of the times during my sermon, but here is what reports to be a more complete list.  I got this information from a website so I can’t vouch for it’s accuracy, but Andrew Blackwood makes reference to some of the material, and Herbert Lockyer also talks about it in detail in his “Devotional Commentary on Psalms.”

The words of David (“Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth,” Ps. 31.5) were uttered by Christ on the cross (“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost,” Luke 23.46). Stephen, the first Christian martyr, likewise, when he was dying, said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7.59). Others who emulated this example are listed below.

January 1, 379 — Basil the Great’s last words were “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

January 28, 814 — Charlemagne’s last words were “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

December 29, 1170 — Thomas Becket’s last words were “Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

July 6, 1415 — John Hus died repeating the words “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

May 30, 1416 — Jerome of Prague died uttering the words “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

May 20, 1506 — Christopher Columbus’ last words were “Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit.”

May 4, 1535 — John Houghton died after reciting Psalm 31.

June 22, 1535 — John Fisher died reciting “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

July 28, 1540 — Thomas Cromwell’s last words were “Lord into Thy hands I commend my Soul, Lord Jesus receive my spirit, Amen.”

February 18, 1546 — Martin Luther’s last words were “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, Lord God of truth.”

March 1, 1546 — George Wishart’s next-to-last words were “O Thou Saviour of the world, have mercy upon me! Father of Heaven, I commend my spirit into Thy holy hands.”

February 12, 1554 — Lady Jane Grey’s last words were “Lorde, into Thy hands I commende my spirite!”

February 23, 1554 — Henry Grey’s (father of Lady Jane Grey) last words were “In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum” (“Into Thy hands, Lord, I commend my spirit”).

February 9, 1555 — John Hooper’s last words were “Into Thy handes I commend my spirite; Thou haste redeemed me, O God of truthe.”

October 16, 1555 — Nicholas Ridley’s last words were “In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum; Lord, Lord, receive my spirit.”

July 11, 1556 — Julian Palmer recited Psalm 31 as he died.

September 21, 1558 — Charles V’s last words were “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit: for Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, Thou God of truth.”

April 19, 1560 — Philip Melancthon on his deathbed was attended by Veit Winsheim, who repeated the words “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit; O Lord, thou hast delivered me, thou righteous and faithful God!” He was asked if he heard those words. Melanchthon’s last word on earth was “Yes!”

June 5, 1568 — Lamoral, Count of Egmont’s last words were “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

June 5, 1568 — Philip de Montmorency’s last words were “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

November 24, 1572 — John Knox on his deathbed said “Come, Lord Jesus; sweet Jesus, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

February 8, 1587 — Among the last words of Mary, Queen of Scots’ was “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

February 21, 1595 — Robert Southwell’s last words were “Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

April 25, 1595 — Torquato Tasso’s last words were “Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.”

March 1, 1633 — George Herbert’s last words were “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

December 22, 1666 — Hugh M’Kail sang from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter at his execution, “Into thine hands I do commit / My spirit; for thou art he, / O thou, Jehovah, God of truth, / Who has hast redeemed me.”

July 27, 1681 — Donald Cargill’s last words were “Into thy hands I commend my spirit.”

February 26, 1686 — Francois Teissier’s (first martyr of the ‘Church of the Desert’) last words were “My God, to Thee I commend my spirit.”

February 17, 1688 — James Renwick’s last words were “Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit; for Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, Thou God of truth.”

July 22, 1794 — Among the last words written by Louise de Duras (née Noailles)’s was “Accept, O Lord, the sacrifice of my life, Into Thy hands I commend my spirit. My God, haste Tee to help me. Forsake me not when my strength faileth me.”

October 16, 1812 — Among the last written words of Henry Martyn was “So closes the easy part of my life; enriched by every earthly comfort, and caressed by friends, I may scarcely be said to have experienced trouble; but now, farewell ease, if I might presume to conjecture. ‘O Lord, into Thy hands I commit my spirit! Thou hast redeemed me, Thou God of truth!’ may I be saved by Thy grace, and be sanctified to do Thy will, and to all eternity; through Jesus Christ.”

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