Over the years the Lent season has been a special time for me. A time when more than other times I would put a massive emphasis on Christ's redemptive work on the Cross. Of course, it is always the focal point of my life and ministry, however, during this season I have a tendency to peer in for even a closer look ad listen with great intent on what is said. Over the next few weeks, I want to give you some thoughts on the sayings of Christ when he was on the cross.
In Luke 23:34 we find His first remarks, “then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Through ravaged body, beaten, battered, bruised, and bleeding Jesus intercedes for the Father to forgive. This would fulfill prophecy for Is. said in 53:12 “He would make intercession for his transgressors.
In these words, we see a few things...
One, we see just How blind humanity can be. Listen to his words “they know not what they do.” Here is a group of people much like ourselves who are blind and numb to the egregious acts of their will and flesh. Not realizing the implications of what they are doing they carry on with their response. We often find in our own lives this same type of behavior and again Christ prays for us.
Next, we find here the great need of mankind. This is the primary thing the human heart aches for. What the soul longs for and even our natural body needs for release and comfort. The greatest gift ever given to us are the words and actions of Christ on the cross. Through and by this we can have forgiveness. Author Pink said...”it is vain that we select noble ideals, for good resolutions and adopt excellent rules to live by until the sin-question has been settled.” To have rules of living and attempt moral character without forgiveness is a vain exercise. The great need of all man is to hear, understand and receive the forgiveness found in these words, “Father Forgive.”
Last, we see the greatest expression of love on earth. The old song says “redeeming love has been my theme and shall be til I die.” It is his great love that allows forgiveness for all our sins. Not part but all!! Past, present, and future sins are covered by his blood. We can say with Paul “there is, therefore, no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” God loved you so much that he put all your sin on Christ so all His righteousness could be placed on you.
Let’s celebrate with Praise and Worship all that God has done and the freedom we have found in the words of our savior...”Father Forgive them”