It sure is hard for us to image that in the middle of someone causing us a ton of hurt and grief that the first words that we can think of is “I forgive you”. So picture this, someone has just whipped and beaten you, then pierced your hands as they nailed them to a large piece of wood and placed you on a cross.
That’s exactly what happened to Jesus, only I left out a bunch of graphic details. What was Jesus response? The Apostle Luke observed “Jesus said, Father, Forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing”.
That brief statement from Jesus’ lips covers a lot of ground. When you think about it, how many of the things that we are doing put Jesus on the cross. His death covers a lot of ground. It covered all the messes that you’ve done in your life, and for that matter, the sins of people the world over, people who have come to the realization that, “if you believe in your heart and confess with your lips that Jesus Christ is Lord, you will be saved”.
Are you at that point? Tomorrow (Wednesday) Lent begins. It is a time of self reflection as we encounter a Holy God and discover how unholy we are. To help us here at Grace Valley navigate through Lent we are walking in the shadow of the cross as we hear Jesus last words to us before His death. Consider joining us in our Lenten series, “The Last Seven Words”.
Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty. Grace Valley church is here for you. It is not only a building. It is a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as King. We study the Word, practice what we learn and in the process grow together. May God richly bless you!