#CCLent17 / Day 31 / April 5th / “Forgive Them!”

icon - forgive 0b21f0727f8675f2eb33fc48593fb489As we head toward the beginning of Holy Week, that leads to Easter Sunday, we will explore the last words of Jesus from the Cross. They provide another beautiful way of understanding Jesus’ death for us. The first ‘word’ recorded is in Luke 23:32-34

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Consider the upside-down way in which crosses were Roman ‘billboards’ announcing that Caesar is the only King. And yet God takes the apparent defeat of crucifixion and turns it into the world’s greatest victory! Only the King could issue a royal pardon. Only the worlds rightful King could issue the pardon, “Forgive them!”

Meditate on these words as we continue to ponder the Cross!

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