Father, Forgive Them

25 03 2013

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The quiet of the dark night is broken by the rough footfalls of soldiers with torches and clubs. A kiss betrays innocence, and the world is turned upside-down. God goes on trial before the people who were supposed to welcome Him with joy. A human government sits in judgment of the Creator of the universe. A death sentence is handed down. A cross is carried through twisted streets. Nails pierce the hands of the Carpenter.

The Son of God hangs on a cross…for you…for me.

When the world walks into this moment, all they can see is a broken man hanging on two pieces of wood. They mock Him, revile Him, spit on Him, and sneer in His face. Forgiveness is the last thing on their minds. It is the only thing on Jesus’ mind.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34

In a moment that the world would view as one of complete weakness, Jesus reveals His absolute strength. Weakness lashes out, takes advantage, and seeks revenge. Strength sacrifices self, absorbs the cost, and extends grace.

My Jesus Resolution today is to stand in the shadow of the cross. The forgiveness that was extended there reaches out for me today. The blood that was shed there washes across my soul in a cascade of grace. The strength displayed there has the power to transform me. The words spoken there should pierce my soul. The love released there heals me through and through.


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27 03 2013
Katy Penick

I so need reminded of this. I’m going to post this in my house where I can read it everyday. You have no idea what encouragement you give me. Thank you for letting God use you the way he does. You’re the BEST!
Love you, Katy

29 03 2013
sharon lagueux

Thank you for your lovely words of encouragment and blessing my heart this morning. May the Lord be with you as He continues to use you for his glory. I too need to be reminded of that Christ love and grace that is transforming my life each day as I walk with him day by day. Jesus is our strength as the world thinks of as weakness. We know that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.

James 1: 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation: For when he is tried, he shall recieve the crown of life, which the lord hath promised to them that love Him.

God bless
Sharon

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