In my opinion, the above scripture is the greatest example of forgiveness that we have. Here, Jesus is dying on the cross, not only for you and me but also for the very people that are crucifying him. From the time he was betrayed in the Garden by Judas, through his “trial” by the Pharisees, punishment and crucifixion at the hands of Pilate and his Guards, he was insulted, spat on, cursed at and beaten in every way imaginable. Still, while hanging from the cross and fighting for every breath he took, he asked God to forgive these people. If we look further, these were not the desperate words of a dying man. Jesus spoke of this before in Luke 6:27-30, where he tells to us to do good to those who hate you and bless those who curse us.
Oh yeah, you may think it’s easy for Jesus to say this and do that but we are just mere humans. If you think about it how many times have you benefited from holding a grudge? What satisfaction, moreover peace, do you get from cursing at someone who cut you off in traffic? If we’re honest with ourselves there are very few things that happen to us that we haven’t done to others, that is also why Jesus said in John 8:7 – If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone . . .”, let that one sink in for a minute . . . it convicts me every time!
Back to that person who cut you off in Traffic . . . . What if they had a sick child in the car and were just trying to get to the doctor. It would be pretty easy to forgive them then, wouldn’t it? Regardless, Jesus poured out his blood to forgive our sins, is it too much to ask us to swallow a little pride to forgive others? As my good friend Dan says . . . . “not so much”!
As we approach Resurrection Sunday (Easter) think about those around you and what they may be going through. We tend to assume the worst in people and all Jesus wants us to do is look for the best.
Luke 23:34 – Jesus said, “Father, FORGIVE them, for they do not know what they are doing.”