Jesus Forgave You Before He Died on the Cross

Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do”. I find that humbling because it means that Jesus understood that I really didn’t know what I was doing when I wasn’t His and scoffing at His way of life and love. He loved me anyway in spite of what I now see as a truly lousy attitude. It was my attitude that was responsible for His dying on that cross, and it was my sins that made it necessary for Him to do so. It is a debt of genuine spiritual love that I can never repay.

How about you? What are your thoughts and experiences?

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2 Responses to Jesus Forgave You Before He Died on the Cross

  1. Michael Snow says:

    If, then, we are to avoid any misleading or arbitrary
    applications of forgiveness, we need to look carefully at the
    great exception, Jesus’ words from the cross, “Father, forgive
    them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
    Does this mean that God forgives everyone and we, therefore,
    are to do likewise? Are we embracing the heresy of
    universalism, believing that everyone is forgiven and going
    to heaven? Or, are these words of the Messiah directed
    toward those in a unique, never-to-be-repeated, historical
    event in which the unsuspecting servants of the governing
    authorities carried out the execution of the Son of God?
    When this verse is quoted out of context, the emphasis
    always falls on “Father, forgive them.” The remainder of the
    verse is all but forgotten. Who are the “they” who “know
    not what they do?” I. Howard Marshall explains the verse
    in this manner: Jesus, addressing God, “asks him to forgive
    ‘them’ (the executioners, possibly all who are involved in
    his crucifixion), on the grounds of their ignorance; their sin
    is unwitting.”12[New Internationa Greek Testament Commentary, Luke}


    • Of course it is important to understand what Jesus meant when He uttered these words. Scriptural context and meaning are always crucial. Jesus did not refer to the Pharisees and Sadducees when He made that statement, nor did He refer to the leaders at the Sanhedrin. He referred to the crowd who was influenced and manipulated by those spiritual leaders. It was the crowd who did not understand what they were doing.

      Before we became God’s most of us didn’t understand our part in Jesus’ dying on the cross. Though not blameless (we are all sinners), we were indeed innocent because we did not understand just like the crowd did not understand. We were then spiritually blind but now are spiritually aware and truly grateful for what Jesus did for us. He forgave us before we knew we needed forgiveness.


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