LUKE 23: 32-34 “Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Focus – Verse 34
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
This is perhaps the most radical act of forgiveness in the whole of the gospels. Jesus has been whipped, spat at, insulted, mocked, tortured and crucified. Jesus who was pure and free of sin who did no wrong. Yet, he willingly forgives those who have committed this atrocity. Note that they didn’t ask him for forgiveness. Their actions show no remorse or regret. Yet, he freely forgave. Let us reflect on this when we find it especially challenging to forgive.
Dear LORD, thank you for setting the ultimate example of forgiveness through your self- sacrifice on the cross. Help us to imitate you in any little way we can. Amen.