"And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." - Luke 23:34
What astonishing words! In the words, "Father, forgive them," we see so much of the glorious character of our Savior. Just as a telescope allows us to look deep into space, so these words allow us to look deep into the heart of the Savior. Let's take some time to dwell on these words.
Can you hear the love of sinners in the words of Jesus? As nails are driven deep into His flesh, Jesus cries out to God on behalf of the ones driving the nails. His love for sinners is so deep and His compassion so strong, that He asks the Father to forgive His killers. And the fact is, we killed the Savior just as much as the men who physically nailed Him to the cross. Our sins served as nails which pinned Jesus to that rough, wooden cross. The words, "Father, forgive..." were spoken just as much for us as for the men who swung the hammers.
How deep the love of Jesus. Why would He ask for my pardon? I've despised Him and treated Him like garbage. He asks the Father to pardon my iniquities. I've rejected Him, yet He embraces me. When I survey the wondrous cross, I must respond in worship. How can we not sing when we see the depth of God's love?
Jesus, how great is your love! Fill us with a deep affection for you. Let our hearts be filled with gratitude to You and delight in You. As we hear the cries of Calvary, warm our hearts with fresh passion for You. May all we do be for Your glory.