When We Were Assessed
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.” Luke 23:34 (NKJV)
As soon as Christ was nailed to the cross, He prayed for those who crucified Him. I don’t think I would have been so thoughtful at that moment to care for those people let alone say to The Father, “forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” But Jesus did and I don’t think He was meaning it for that moment in Biblical history. We could just look at this and say he was forgiving those around Him and for the two thieves that were on both sides of Him but we shouldn’t keep this one dimensional. That minimizes the forgiveness that Jesus is praying for at this time.
Let’s go all the way back to The Garden and take a look at this. Adam and Eve didn’t know how important obedience was and, I’ll stretch myself on this statement, it may have not been in the forefront of their thinking. Our adversary, on the other hand, he knew it firsthand and still went against it. After all, he’s the one that got himself booted so hard outta heaven that he crashed landed on the earth. And when the smoke cleared he made a decision to assault our first parents, draw them to sin, knowing the temptation would prove to be fatal to them. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
I don’t think Adam and Eve had an idea of what good was let alone evil, I don’t think they hadn’t had a baseline to work off of. All they had, and don’t we wish this ourselves, was the absolute love of YHVH. They knew that better than we do today and yet a simple act of disobedience changed it all…and it needed to be forgiven. It might have been covered by the blood of an animal but the blood of Christ cleansed it all. And since I think time is of no consequence to Jesus, He had Adam and Eve in mind, as a present tense, when He said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” But then there is that moment on The Cross.
Pharisees…makes me wanna hiss at them just as if they were Haman. But they had their purpose and I guess it was to keep the traditions and The Temple from being eradicated by the various conquers and occupiers of the land of Israel. However, in time they compromised the things of YHVH and they needed to be re-taught, except they didn’t like their new Teacher. So they sought to have Him crucified because they were offended. And I dare say they were offended because the Truth pierced their cold hearts and it hurt, and in their pain they got mad, then in their anger they choose murder. Sounds a lot like Cain, doesn’t it? Forgive them…they know not what they do.
And so what of us today? Don’t think just because we’re in the 21st century that we get to change the story around…Oh NO!! While Jesus was on that Cross He was thinking ahead, assessing us and seeing us in the same state of disobedience. The world still hasn’t embraced the Truth fully and if we look at us today we’re developing new ways to convince ourselves that we’re innocent of misusing our freewill. We’ve given new color to the same old justifications and we’re going too far, too fast. But there is Good News, Gospel Good News that is…and that is while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He stretched out His arms and said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It is finished, once and for all. Amen? – Chris Hughes is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy
Quote of the day: “When a person makes a mistake and has to be forgiven, the shadow may hang over him or her because it is hard for other people to forget. But when God forgives, He begins the new page right there, and then the devil runs up and says, “What about this person’s past?” God replies: What past? There is no past. We started out fresh when he came to Me and I forgave him.”—A.W.Tozer
Verse to Memorize: For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:22-23 ESV