Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Jesus did the impossible. Not only did he allow himself to be put to death for us, he did something far more difficult. He forgave them. All of them. His accusers. His enemies. The very people who put him to death. He asked God, the father, to forgive them. AMAZING! And we struggle to forgive someone when they talk bad about us.
God is pleased when we forgive. Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. We are most like the Father when we forgive others because God is a merciful God. Luke 6:36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
We need Jesus in order to be right with God dating back to when Adam and Eve sinned against God Genesis 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. At this point we have been separated from God and deserving of judgement and death. But Jesus made it possible on the cross to be made right with God by being the perfect sacrifice in order for us to be righteous through Christ! Romans 3:22-26 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Next time you feel the need to hold a grudge, anger against anyone for any reason, remember that God has forgiven you through His son!
Father, thank you for being a merciful and forgiving God, washing away my sins by the blood of Jesus at the cross! I am not deserving but you loved me so that you sent Jesus in my place! I love you Father, thank you! In Jesus name, AMEN!