Father, forgive them.

father-forgive-themLuke 23:28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

William booth wrote, “Others, Lord, yes others, Let this my motto be, Help me to live for others, that I might live for thee.” In Jesus’ darkest, most lonely moments, I am reminded that His thoughts, His care, and His purpose continued to be for others. As Jesus left the city, He saw ladies crying bitterly for Him. But, His thoughts weren’t for Himself, but for them, and their children, and the things that would befall Jerusalem. He said “weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” Then, as the soldiers and crowd mocked and cast lots for His garment, Jesus once again thought of others as He cried, “Father, forgive them”. And finally, we see a chief sinner who was crucified with Him, asking for forgiveness and remembrance while they hung there dying. We see that Jesus forgave, and made Him as much a saint as anyone who has trusted Christ through the ages. In all the pain, all the agony, and all the loneliness, to the end, Jesus was concerned about others.

This is a convicting reminder that no matter what life throws our way, or no matter what our circumstances happen to be, our life ought to reflect the life of Christ. And His life was dedicated to the good of others. Afterall, when we love God and love others, we fulfill the law and the prophets.

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