Friday’s post displayed two photos. The first is a photo of Jesus of Nazareth being nailed to an old wooden cross by a Roman soldier. The second is a photo of the broken body of Jesus being held Mary’s arms prior to His burial in a tomb belonging to Joseph of Aramithea. I purposely omitted a photo of Jesus on that cross.
Jesus on the cross is such a contrast to what His followers expected. They did not understand what had just happened. Other than Mary and the Disciple John, all the others had scattered. They had just lost their Leader. They had no idea what was about to happen, even though He told them over and over. As Jesus hung on that cross, He uttered seven crucial statements that demonstrates His character.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 New Century Version
As the Roman soldiers at the foot of the cross wagered over the garments Jesus had worn, Jesus uttered these words. Was He speaking about these soldiers? Was He speaking about His tormentors? Perhaps He was speaking about the world that did not understand him.
Jesus’ ministry was about forgiveness. The Apostle Luke wrote in Luke 5:21 – “The Jewish teachers of the law and the Pharisees thought to themselves, ‘Who is this man who is speaking as if he were God? Only God can forgive sins.'” The Jewish teachers did not understand that Jesus was the Son of God and was doing the work of God.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:25, “We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death.” Do you know the forgiveness Jesus speaks of?
To be continued…
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