Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.- Luke 23:34 NLT
It’s Good Friday. For me, it’s a day of joy, not of mourning but also a day I often like to spend in solitude, reminiscing the journey of Jesus to the cross and then to the grave.
If tears drop at these times, they are not tears of mourning but emotional triggers, one that happens anytime I intentionally live in remembrance of what Jesus did for me on the cross or tree (whichever you believe). It’s not a time I argue if Jesus died on the cross or the tree, regardless of where, the most important thing is that Jesus died for me.
The beautiful thing about what Jesus did was that he didn’t put into account my own choices and mistakes, he wasn’t holding any brief against me, I was very arrogant and still lost, I didn’t see the need for anyone to die for me, I was still a sinner! But Jesus went ahead to pay the price for me.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 NLT
Jesus is God’s love personified! God was seeing the brighter side of me, he was seeing my glorious future than my present mess. As Jesus prayed “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”, it was a reassurance of God’s willingness and benevolence to offer me his grace and mercy.
We can learn something from the life of Jesus and the expression of God’s love through him. We can learn to see the brighter side of others, we can learn to give others another chance and just as Christ sacrificed himself for our own mistakes, we can choose to forgive others and offer them the chance to receive the life-changing gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we let God’s love find expression through us, we have an assurance that;
“…since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” Romans 5:9-10 NLT
I call you blessed.