For the remainder of Holy Week I will post the last seven sayings of Christ while on the cross.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Jesus had just been beaten, spit on, whipped, mocked, paraded down to the hill, made to carry his cross and hung by two other criminals.
He didn’t fight back. When he was arrested Peter attempted to fight and cut off the ear of a Roman guard. Jesus told Peter to put down his sword and healed the man’s ear before being arrested and unjustly tried by the Jewish and Roman leaders. He remained quiet…
Hanging on the cross…the guards and people were mocking him and his ministry…but instead of cursing them…Jesus found the deep love to forgive them. Because they did not know what they were really doing. It was a bad case of group think and bigotry.
Not only does he offer forgiveness through his action of non-violence….he even petetions God to forgive them.
How in the world can someone love like that?
How can we begin living and participating in the same kind of forgiveness?