This meditation was meant to
help us take our eyes off the daily routine
and put them back on Christ
and what He has done to bring us back into the loving arms of God. It is my prayer that we will be more like Christ to the point that we are willing to commend our lives and spirits unto the Father for Him to complete the work in us that He has started.
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what
There are few phrases that remain on the minds of people like this one does. When the crucifixion procession got to Golgotha, Jesus was crucified, along with two criminals. There was one on his right and one on his left. The Roman Soldiers were gambling for his clothes by casting lots. The crowd was watching this spectacle. Instead of remaining quiet or in awe they began taunting Jesus by saying: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” In the face of death, extreme pain, and suffering, Jesus begged God to forgive the people who were torturing and taunting him. I am not sure I could ask for forgiveness for such deeds. No wonder they call Jesus Savior and Lord. Christian Friends, we often offend and injure others and are unknowing participants in oppressing others just like the Roman soldiers. Just as Jesus looked down from the cross and asked God to forgive those soldiers Jesus still looks down from His sit next to the Father at our behavior and says, “Father, forgive them for they don't know what they are doing." Luke 23:43: “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” One of the criminals on the cross near Jesus hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” This man foolishly taunted the only one who could save him.