Friday, March 25, 2016
Daily reading: Luke 23:32-38
Good Friday March 25, 2016
Focus passage: Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing. Luke 23:34
Sometimes we find it easier to forgive when someone asks for forgiveness, because then we get the acknowledgement that they have wronged us. But here on the cross Jesus forgives without being asked. Jesus speaks a word of forgiveness because he embodies God and it is the nature of God to forgive. Before he can ask for something for himself, or say something to a follower who may be in ear shot, he speaks to God about you and me, he says “Father, forgive them.”
Even on the cross Jesus is ministering to us. Even on the cross after being humiliated, he does not allow the mob violence and his own execution change who he is. The sins of those killing him do not weigh him down, he is not burdened, or angered, or resentful, he does not yell out to the crowd “hey, I’m innocent! This is wrong.” He does not allow what others are doing to him change who God has created him to be. Jesus turns to God, his life line, and says “Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing.”
Prayer: God walk with me through this week of betrayal, denial, desertion and crucifixion. In the noise and busy-ness of my day may I remember to stay grounded in your love. Amen.
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