And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. And they parted his clothing, and cast lots. –Luke 23:33-34
As the Lord was being crucified, He uttered the words, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (KJV2000). He prayed for forgiveness for those who were crucifying him on a cross. He was asking his Father not to count as sin all those things against them because they did not know Him as the Son of the Most High God. They were not aware that were hurting God so severely.
Perhaps at that point, the Father could have sent ten thousand angels to destroy those ruthless people but the Lord mediated for them. He imparted grace and mercy in spite of the pain and agony they had inflicted on Him and all just to save the world from sin and hell.
The cross offers forgiveness of sin. Many times, we do many things that have hurt God so severely. Many times, we are not aware yet there are times when we know it is wrong yet we continue to do it as if there is no God who sees.
How many times have we asked God to bless us, answer our prayers and grant our wishes? Yet, many times, we are breaking His heart. Have we ever asked ourselves what pleases the all-giving and gracious God?
This is the time to search ourselves and see all our hidden faults and shortcomings. God offers a boundless grace for you and me. He wants to relieve us of all the miseries that we bear. All we need to do is to come to Him in prayer, ask Him to come into our lives and renew us by His loving grace. Let us accept Him as our Lord and Savior and ask Him to forgive us and save us from sin and death.
God is gracious. He forgives you.
Digested from the “Good Friday” sermon- “Seven Last Words Service”, April 22, 2011 by: Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church
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