Luke 23:34 NKJV
34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
This week, millions of faithful across the globe will be remembering the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His death on the cross was a method of death that historians describe as the most humiliating, cruel, and wretched way to die.
As Jesus hung on that cross, there were different groups of people present to witness his death. You had the Roman soldiers, the religious leaders and the regular people. One of the most remarkable statements that Jesus made on the cross is, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Why did he say this?
Jesus was sinless, he could not allow bitterness, hatred and un forgiveness in his heart, especially at this time. This would have rendered him as a sacrifice with blemish.
Remember also that this is why he came, to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven, it would be ironic if he failed to do the very thing he came to die for.
Jesus had taught about forgiveness in his earthly ministry, and this was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate and teach one final time about the power of forgiveness.
I wonder what his audience thought about his statement.
As we remember his death burial and resurrection this week, may we remember what he taught us. He forgave the very people who tortured and demeaned him and later killed him. May we also be quick to forgive those who trespass against us, no matter the magnitude of their trespass.
- What is the most hurtful thing someone has ever done to you?
- If you were in the crowd witnessing Jesus being crucified, what would you have thought about this statement?
- Is there anyone you currently have not forgiven? Why? Are you willing to forgive them?