Unrepentant. Unaware. They shouted for His death – a cruel, agonizing, shameful death. No one asked for forgiveness. Why would they? They were acting on behalf of God or so they thought.
Jesus, watched as they yelled crucify him! He willingly allowed the nails to be driven in His hands, His feet. The blood flowed and He looked at his accusers through the blood.
His eyes were not filled with anger, sadness, or disappointment but of love and compassion. Even as they advocated for His death, He advocated for their lives. “Forgive them for they are unaware of their actions.”
What kind of love is that? It is the love God has for each of us – Christians or Pre-Christians, Black or White, Democrat or Republican, American or Mexican, Jewish or Muslim, Heterosexual or Homosexual. It’s a love that doesn’t discriminate. It’s a love that redeems. A love that restores. A love that offers forgiveness to the unrepentant and the undeserving. A love that would die for you even if you cry “crucify him.” A love that would shed blood for you only to see you through the blood – not as you are but what He created you to be.
It’s a love that forgives freely and repeatedly.
If the love of God could extend forgiveness to those who called for His crucifixion, those who actively participated in His suffering, do you really believe your sin is beyond His forgiveness? Do you actually think your sin is greater than His love? More powerful than His blood? It is NOT! You are forgiven.
This Friday is good because we are forgiven – completely, eternally, freely. This Friday is good because His blood flowed, cleansing us from all unrighteousness and now we stand before Him, holy and blameless.
Today is a Good Friday!
“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