"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)
Jesus expresses the ultimate forgiveness as He asks the Father to pardon
his executioners even while they are in the midst of killing Him. This
is a crazy kind of forgiveness. There is no remorse, no repentance, no
change of heart. Jesus expresses forgiveness--not years after the
event, not even weeks--but while the event is still in progress.
Jesus notes their ignorance of God's activity. They don't know what they
are doing. How often do we act decisively in the same way--not knowing
what we are doing?
Let's apply it in two ways today. First, we are all guilty of living
ignorantly. We have all acted, at times, in a way that was destructive
to ourselves and others. We have behaved in ways that are contrary to
the revealed will of God. Jesus offers forgiveness. Even now, He
offers forgiveness when we look to Him and acknowledge His Lordship.
Today, let me encourage you to confess your sins to Jesus and allow Him
to wash you in His gracious forgiveness.
Second, we need to recognize that people all around us are acting
ignorantly--they don't always know what they are doing. And
consequently, we get hurt and those we care about get hurt. May we be
quick to act like Jesus and ask that they be forgiven. May we
graciously extend forgiveness to those who harm us, even as God forgives