The Most Loving Words In History? – Luke 23:26-56

From my reading in Luke 23:26-56 in the One Year New Testament.

On the cross Jesus looked over the crowds of onlookers and soldiers who nailed him to the cross and said…

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Jesus was thinking about the very people who put him on the cross. In a spiritual sense it was all of our sins that put Jesus on the cross and he still died for us! That’s love!

Jesus was thinking of our well being more than his pain.

Jesus asked the Father to give them grace because they didn’t realize the extent of the evil act they are truly committing.

As followers of Christ we should share this attitude about our enemies and those who try and persecute us. The first Martyr Stephen said a very similar thing as he was being stoned to death,

“Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.” Acts 7:60

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, he will give us the ability to love others the way Jesus loved. That’s exactly what happened with Stephen.

In his greatest pain Jesus showed the greatest extent of his love.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

God loved us enough to die for us, and he offered forgiveness to the very people who crucified him if they would only receive it!

Have you received the forgiveness of Christ?

 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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