Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
We all need forgiveness but getting it from others is sometimes impossible. We can ask someone to forgive us but it’s up to them whether they will forgive or not. Of course the shoe can also be on the other foot – have we ever been guilty of unforgiveness? This is not the way of God.
God actually grieved over all the wrongs that man had inflicted upon each other in Noah’s time (Genesis 6: 5-6) and he still does today when we commit a sin and carry evil.
Forgiveness is needed! Our souls are made to cry out for forgiveness. We were not built to feel burdened and to carry sin around with us, although some people have mastered how to bury it. Forgiveness unburdens us, it frees us from the past and helps us move into the future.
However; because of God’s ultimate justice (goodness, morality) his forgiveness cannot be freely given. Every single sin must be accounted for in order for God to be a just judge. So how can our sins be accounted for and forgiven?
Through Jesus! He and he alone, suffered for our sins, shedding his blood and paying the consequences for us, so that we can be forgiven.
Matthew 26: 28 tells us “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”.
Jesus did the hard work on the cross for us (by being crucified) but we must accept His free gift of salvation. Though God always allows us to make our own decisions, if our choice is to NOT accept Jesus, then we will ultimately be accountable, at the end of our lives, for all the sins we have committed.
There can be no forgiveness of sins without Jesus. He even set an example of how we should forgive others. Seconds before Jesus gave up his life, Luke 23:34 tells us “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” With so much going on and while in horrendous pain, Jesus knew it was important to take the time to teach us one last lesson – forgiveness. Jesus actually asked The Father to forgive his enemy! Praise The Lord!
It is God’s deep desire to be reconciled with us. If we desire to be truly forgiven, then we must ask Jesus into our lives and sincerely accept Him as our Lord, Saviour and Redeemer. He redeemed us from all evil by the payment of a ransom, which was his shed blood. Through Jesus, we will be forgiven and God will begin a transforming work in our lives.
Thank you for sending Jesus to the earth to teach me so many important lessons on how to live in you.
Thank you for your grace, mercy, love and forgiveness because without those, I could never be accepted into Heaven.
Help me to live in your ways. Lead me and guide me in asking for forgiveness and also in giving forgiveness to others. This has and can be a downfall for me. Please remind me of how Jesus forgives me; a sinner, and how I too should bless others with the same.
Please forgive me my trespasses and lead me along the path of righteousness.
In the precious and glorious name of Jesus, my redeemer, I pray