7 Last Words of Jesus – Word #1
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.Luke 23:34
The Power of Forgiveness
Christ shed immortality and divinity to put on Mortality and humanity. On earth, He showed us what it looked like to be 100% man, while totally surrendering to God and keeping God in control. He became our perfect example, never once giving into temptation, or committing sin, showing us what a holy life looks like, and how our lives can be pleasing to God. If we follow His perfect example, we can rest in knowing that one day we will be with God in eternity. Christ sacrificed life in heaven where he was worshipped 24/7 to come to earth where he knew he would be ridiculed, ostracized, killed. He came to earth to this same mankind, knowing that humanity would betray Him, turn their backs on Him, reject Him. Despite all this, Christ chose to die for us anyway. It while he was actively dying, while He was on that tree, he uttered His first words: “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” They were breaking a commandment, killing someone and Christ knew that the punishment for this crime was death. Christ knew that God was well within His right to punish humanity for killing His only son. Christ hasn’t died yet, so humanity hadn’t been pardoned for their crimes. Christ knowing this, begins to plead and intercede for us. In this moment, Christ shows us that in the midst of our storm, our trial and tribulation, whatever we are going through, we can still forgive those who plot, plan and scheme our demise. If Christ can momentarily stop dying to forgive those who he came to save, the we can indefinitely stop what we’re doing to forgive those who hurt us.
Today, intentionally forgive some who has hurt you, or is still hurting you. Shift your focus from the pain you’re feeling to God’s Healing and Redemptive Power. Always remember, forgiving is for you, it sets you free.
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