I have been reflecting on the things Jesus said while he was dying on the cross.
He showed care and concern for his mother, Mary, by giving her to the care of John his follower. In that culture and time, Mary would have depended on Jesus as her eldest son for her welfare.
In a moment of agony, He cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”
He told a thief dying in a cross next to him that the thief would be with him in Paradise after the thief professed faith in Jesus.
One of the things Jesus said really grabs me. It shows his heart for all people even the worst of us, even the ones who tortured him, conspired against him, mocked him.
Jesus cried out to God our Father, “Father forgive them. They know not what they do.”
Even while dying an agonizing death on a cross, Jesus interceded for those who harmed him with God our Father.
Let’s let that sink in.
Romans soldiers nailed him to the cross and Jesus’s response was, “Father forgive them.”
People were mocking Jesus while he was dying and his response was, “Father forgive them.”
Religious leaders conspired against Jesus and his response was, “Father forgive them.”
If Jesus could ask the Father to forgive the soldiers who nailed him to the cross, what could we possibly do that would cause Jesus to not want to ask the Father to forgive us? Think of your worst sin, failure, mistake. whatever and compare it to nailing Jesus to the cross.
The love of Jesus for us is so deep and so strong that no matter what we have done or will do, we can never be separated from his love. That is what we remember today as we remember Jesus dying for us.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.