“When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.
Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.’ And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.”
Jesus had every right to be silent here, to be angry, to just let the pain take over, and take him away. But no, Jesus chooses to speak. He chooses to use his final time on earth petitioning to God on our behalf. And he continues to do this today.
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we no longer have to experience Gods wrath for all the things we have done. He is the mediator, the go between with us and God. Where there used to be priests, and sacrifices, and long drawn out processes of being cleansed, now there is Jesus. Where there used to be wrath, and prophet warnings, and burning bushes in the desert, now there is the Holy Spirit that Jesus left when he ascended to heaven.
Without Jesus being nailed to the cross, we don’t experience God the way we get to today. We get to sit on our couches, in our cars, in nature, in our bedrooms crying out to him, and he listens, he hears, and he is there. We get to experience God firsthand through the Holy Spirit because Jesus chose to accept the plan, and die on the cross for each one of us.
Because Jesus died on the cross there is now someone standing beside us in our wrongdoing, whispering to God “Father forgive them.” Now there is a permanent sacrifice on the altar every time we need cleansing, ready to be offered to God. And not just any sacrifice, a perfect, blameless one that is instantly accepted in place of the wrath we so deeply deserve.
Dig into that today. He is beside you, bridging the gap, listening, hearing, forgiving. Thank Jesus for the sacrifice that gave us the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, freedom, and life.
What does it mean to forgive?
-“to stop feeling angry or resentful toward someone for an offense or mistake” (dictionary.com)
Have you ever had to forgive someone? Has anyone had to forgive you?
“The Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13
Why do we need to forgive others?
Is there anything you need to ask forgiveness for from God? How can we do this?
Pray with your children. Be an example to them by asking forgiveness from God for something that you have done, and then ask them to do the same.