"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Luke 23:34
His enemies: The Roman guards, the religious leaders, and the people had rejected Christ to die on the old rugged cross; instead of divine retaliation, He asked the Father, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” [Luke 23:34] He also thought about
His family: He would not allow his earthly mother to not be taken care of even after His death and resurrection; in an act of selfless love, Jesus entrusted Mary to John the apostle with the words, “Behold thy mother.” [John 19:27]
The whole world: Ultimately, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was the supreme commitment to pay for the sins of all the world. He willingly felt the pains of complete separation from his Father so that He could ensure that believers would never have to feel such separation. (Matthew 27:46)
Before Jesus thought about Himself on the cross – He thought, cared, and loved others, even going so far as to suffer for them and their sins. Won’t you accept Him today?
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