If we were arrested unjustly, stripped, beaten, made fun of, whipped until our skin was ripped from our bodies, and had the strength to speak, what would we say? What if after losing a great deal of blood, we were made to climb up a hill, and nailed to a cross, what would we say? Perhaps we would cry for mercy. Another logical response is to exclaim our innocence. We might have enough energy or voice to condemn those who tortured. Now imagine if for some magical reason we all of a sudden had the power to escape. All the pain could end suddenly. All the wounds healed and we could reappear in paradise. What would we do? What if we had the power to get immediate revenge? We could zap to death all those responsible for our capture and pain.
Jesus went through everything mentioned above. He had the power to stop the pain anytime he wanted to. He had the power to destroy his enemies with just a simple word. The Mountains would have certainly obeyed and swallowed them all, the seas could have been commanded to come upon them or a legion of Angels would have defended him. But Jesus did none of these. He certainly could have condemned the soldiers responsible for his torture. But Jesus spoke no such words. Instead these were the first words he uttered on the cross “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
This is truly the loving God that did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it. (John 3:17) While going through all that pain and injustice all he thought of was mercy. Mercy was his mission and purpose. It is the reason why he gave his life. It was the price paid for our sins; that we might be saved from eternal condemnation. He is still saying “Father forgive them”. All can be forgiven, all we need to do is believe in Christ as our Savior and Lord, and repent of our sins.
- Evening Prayer 4.14.14, Monday in Holy Week; Day of Fasting (dailyoffice.org)
- Gazing at the Crucified Christ (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- Count on God’s Forgiveness (christianmotivations.weebly.com)
- Week One of Lent: Give Me Your Sin (stlukeumc.wordpress.com)
- The Conclusion of the Gospel Story (theunonejr.wordpress.com)
- God’s mercy endures forever! (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)
- “How do we Accept the Truth?” – Reflection for the Sunday Mass Readings of Apr. 13, 2014, by Cameron Daly (camerondaly.wordpress.com)
- Withholding Forgiveness? How’s That Working For You? (beyondbeautyblog.wordpress.com)
- VATICAN – Pope: God’s mercy is “a great light of love”, it is “the way that God forgives “ (asianews.it)
- Stations of the Cross in Poem Prayer (huntprayerpoems.wordpress.com)