Friday, April 6, 2012

Final Forgiveness

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:24)

I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground; to watch Jericho’s walls collapse; or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee.   

But imagine being present at the most astonishing event of world history – the scourging of Christ, the Promised Savior.

Someone should have protested.  

Instead, the loudest voices were those in favor of the scourging. Jesus Himself did not even raise a voice in His own defense.   

Peter, who was there, described the scene this way:  “When He was reviled, [He] reviled not again.  When He suffered, He threatened not.” (1 Peter 2:23).

While being scourged for our sins, the Maker of heaven and earth – and of those who accused Him – said nothing.

Yet, after He was placed on a cross, Jesus spoke these words:  “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

He committed Himself – and His accusers – to “Him that judges righteously.”  

And the result was forgiveness – available to all who will believe in Him.

He died . . . .AND rose again.

Forgiveness is full and free.  And final.

“There is no other name under heaven given among men 
whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

 Happy Easter!!!

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