Impossible Forgiveness

Father, forgive them (Luke 23:34). After being wrongly accused, mocked, beaten, and humiliated before the people, Jesus was “crucified . . . along with [two] criminals” (Luke 23:33). Hanging, with mutilated body and gasping for breath, from a rough-hewn cross, I would expect Jesus to pronounce judgment on His tormentors, to seek retribution or divine justice. However, Jesus uttered a prayer contradicting every human impulse: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. Now if Christ would ask the Father to forgive them for crucifying Him... how much more do you think He forgives us in our sins? Now this is no license to continue there in, but instead more of a reason to accept His love and forgiveness and come out. The forgiveness Jesus offers seems impossible, but He offers it to us. In His divine grace, impossible forgiveness spills free.


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