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4.5.09 – Luke 23:34

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.”

1.19.16 – Luke 23:2

Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Were you punished for it? It’s not a great place to be. Knowing in your heart that you were innocent but still being looked at and treated as guilty, someone less than worthy.
Imagine how Jesus must have felt as he was captured and accused of “crimes” he didn’t commit. For the record he was even brought before two Roman rulers who found him not to be guilty, but we know how that worked out for him. In Jesus’ case he knew this was his destiny and even stated “your will be done” Luke 22:42.
When such things happen in our lives we cry out, “it’s not fair!”. Our eyes are fixed on the present, finding it almost impossible to see the good in how we’ve been wronged. Isn’t this a question of our trusting God with every aspect of our lives? What if we looked at these events as opportunities to trust God instead of the inequities they seem to be. Such an attitude will only bring us closer to God and discovering his purpose for our lives. Rejoice and praise God in all circumstance!
Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”