“Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing,” (Luke 23:34)
Jeering. Blasphemy. Mockery. All these were happening at the foot of the cross.
Imagine this beautiful display of mercy.
The scene can be pictured so vividly. Jesus looking down from the cross thinking, “they’re missing it.” “Forgive them, they are so ignorant.. they don’t see this dramatic display of love. They are so self-focused.” (Paraphrase coupled with my imagination)
To love ones enemies is demonstrated so beautifully by the King of Kings on the cross on this day.
The most unlovable people. The most sinful actions, crucifying the King and yet his concern that he demonstrated in the most painful, excruciating moment of HIS life was FOR YOU.
The sinful. The unloveable. The indignant. The prideful. The hurting. The hopeless. The sad. The messed up. The angry. The unfortunate. The sick. The needy. The achiever. The worried. The newlywed. The tired-mom.
Don’t miss it. Don’t let your distractions steal your wonder this week. Don’t forget to look up at the cross. Don’t keep your head down.
Look up and imagine a God that in your darkest moments said, “this is for you, I forgive you.”