This last utterance from the cross reminds me of these words that Jesus once said:
I lay down my life that I may take it up again.Even at this very last moment of his life we are reminded that the son of God was not a victim of circumstances or of man's evil plans. At any point after his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane he could have chose another path for his life. Yet love compelled him to stay the course and freely offer his life for us. Love compelled him to stay committed to the words he prayed saying "Not my will but thine be done".
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
And since that final moment we have all been beating our breasts. Like the centurion, and those who watched at a distance, we have all been wondering how this could have happened to an innocent man. Perhaps it could have happened no other way? Maybe the whole spectacle took place to reveal the darkness of man and the brilliant light of God? At the very last moment Jesus completes his life of love as he offers his spirit to his Father.
I am unworthy of your love Lord. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for staying the course and showing me how to love. Thank you for the cross. Thank you for enduring the pain.