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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Father, Forgive Them


I'm preparing to lead my Bible class Sunday morning, Lord. the writer of the material I'm studying makes an observation that I have never heard anyone else say, nor seen in print. He's talking about Jesus' cries from the cross. This particular lesson is about Jesus' words, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." [Luke 23:34]

I've heard many sermons and lessons on these words. But this text points out that the Greek text implies that Jesus kept repeating those words over and over.

If that is correct, God, then:

As He was arrested, humiliated, and beaten He kept saying over and over, "Father, forgive them."

As He carried the heavy cross beam up the road to Calvary He kept saying over and over, "Father, forgive them."

As the spikes ripped through his flesh, tendons, and bones He kept saying over and over, "Father, forgive them."

As His life blood drained from His body, as His throat parched with thirst, as His tongue swelled and stuck to the roof of His mouth he uttered over and over, "Father, forgive them."

That's way more love than I can comprehend, God.


Forgiveness. That is the reason He came to earth to begin with, Little One. That is the reason for every humiliation He suffered. Forgiveness.

It was freely available to every person gathered at His cross. Some accepted it when they accepted Him as their Savior. Others rejected Him and His forgiveness.

The same thing is true today, Little One.

Sadly, some things never change.