For Those Who Don’t Know

Steven Laman

Read: Luke 23:26-34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (v. 34 NIV)

My two-year-old nephew enjoyed pushing my unoccupied manual wheelchair. Before we became aware, he bumped it into the wall so often that he had scratched up the paint and knocked off some plaster. When we realized what he was doing we quickly locked the wheels, but the damage was already done. My parents were not happy about the scratched walls, but they also realized that he did not understand what he was doing.

From the cross Jesus uttered these famous words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Who was Jesus asking God to forgive? Was it the Roman soldiers who pounded the spikes, Pilate who ordered the execution, or the chief priests and the religious leaders who orchestrated the crucifixion? Yes, Jesus asked God to forgive all of them. In a greater sense he was asking God to forgive us as well. It was our sin that drove him to the cross. Even before we were born or were aware of what was happening, Jesus died to forgive us.

Even before my nephew realized what he did, Dad got out paint and fixed what he messed up. In a much greater sense, Jesus fixed and God forgave all of our mess-ups. The fix was put in place even before we knew what was happening. Now that we know how Jesus repaired our lives, let’s accept that forgiveness. —Steve Laman

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for going to the cross for us.