40 blogs of Lent, day 32
7 last words from the cross:
Father forgive them
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. Luke 23:33-34
The first thing that Jesus says from the cross is, in my opinion, the foremost thing in redemption. It is about forgiveness.
“Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.” said Jesus.
They did not know what they were doing. They thought they were getting rid of a nuisance, a trouble maker, an agitator and a heretic. What they were in fact doing was paving the way for Gods redemption of the world. They did not know what they were doing.
There are times when we still do not know what we are doing. God does not change. What God wants is the same yesterday, today and forever, what the Holy Spirit wants today is the same as what Jesus wanted then. So when things are wrong he moves in people to speak out God’s way. They may come across as being a nuisance, a trouble maker,an agitator or a heretic, as was Jesus before them, as they speak God’s word into that situation in society, or even that situation in Church.
We should not be stopping people from speaking out, when the Holy Spirit leads, we should be speaking out ourselves. But we do not like agitation, we like things to run smoothly, so we keep quiet and do not make a fuss, not realising that by keeping quiet we are supporting the status quo, and by supporting the status quo we are reinforcing all that is wrong in society. When we try to silence these people we are attempting to silence God. .
Father, forgive us, we do not know what we are doing.
Lord, give us a prophetic voice in the world.