Divine Grace

There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:32-34)

The boundless compassion of divine grace Jesus shows us here to both Jews and Romans, to a people who so willingly sought to mock Him, and even cast lots for His clothing. There were not aware of the full scope of their wickedness, nor did they recognize Jesus as their Messiah (Acts 13:27-28). They were blind to the light of divine truth, “For if they had understood it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corithians 2:8). But Christ’s prayer while in the very act of mocking Him, and His willingness to seek their forgiveness shows the real power of God’s Spirit at work. In Matthew’s account of the crucifixion, we read: So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying,” Truly this was the Son of God!”  Their “fear” speaks of an awareness of their sin, and the word “truly” suggests a certainty and conviction that speaks of geniune faith. Jesus’ prayer is in fact being heard by the Father, and is even bearing fruit, as our suffering Savior God, hung on that cross. We see the real reason of why Christ death on the cross had to be so brutal, sin’s consequences were placed on Him, and the weight of it’s judgment was placed on Jesus, yet, in return we have His compassionate love and forgiveness given to us who have faith to believe that we too were in need of salvation, and that Christ’s crucifixion was the atonement for our sins.

Friend, what does the cross mean to you? Does it bring a realization that you have been forgiven of your sins, when you confess Christ as your Lord and Savior, and believe in your heart that you need His forgiveness?

May the Lord bless your walk today!

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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