Luke writes eye witness accounts of Jesus walking the earth and showing forgiveness in many different ways. In Luke 22:14-32, we see Jesus forgiving everything from a petty argument among friends to a personal betrayal just around the corner.
It’s the words of Jesus from the cross that are most striking, “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
On the American frontier, a Maskepetoon chief heard this part of Jesus’ story and was changed forever. The next day he was given the opportunity to avenge his son’s murder. Known for his vicious tactics in battle with the Blackfoot, this chief astonished everyone present by forgiving his son’s murder and watching the killer go free. He followed Jesus and His example of forgiveness for the rest of days as Maskepetoon chief.
Jesus walked the earth more than 30 years and showed many people real forgiveness in many different ways. All of this before his time on the cross. All of this before asking Father God to forgive His own murderers. “Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
The forgiveness of Jesus is life changing. I pray that it starts a personal relationship for you, with Him. You must experience a relationship with Jesus before you can display it.
What does this word “forgive” mean? Forgive – to remove the guilt resulting from wrongdoing, to wipe out, to do away with.
Why did Jesus die for us?
We sinned and therefore must die. Gen 2:16-17 1 Cor 15:21 Rom 5:12-21
Only human could die for human, but none of us could qualify, as all are born in sin and not one is clean. Job 14:4: 14:14 Ps 51:1-5; 58:3
Only God could redeem humanity. But God could not redeem humanity as God, only as a human. Thus God became a sinless human by the incarnation to redeem humanity back to Himself. Gal 4:4-5 1 Peter 2:22 1 Jn 3:5 1 Cor 15:3-4 2 Cor 5:21
The holiness of God against the sinfulness of humanity produced the reaction of divine wrath. It is this wrath that needed the appeasement before a holy God and sinful humanity could ever be reconciled. This appeasement is the atonement. God, in His loving nature, chooses forgiveness through this atonement.
Jesus made full atonement for man’s sin. He paid the debt we owed. He reconciled us back to God. He has completely satisfied the demands of a holy God and His holy law. In the cross He suffered the wrath of God that should have fallen on us and now God’s amazing love and grace have been revealed. The atonement has been made. It is a finished work. Redemption is complete.
We must understand that Forgiveness via Jesus was God’s idea before the world began. 1 Peter 19-20 Eph 1:4 Acts 2:23
What does it accomplish?
Jesus’ sacrifice – redemption Titus 2:14
Jesus’ sacrifice – ransom Mt 20:28 Mk 10:45
Jesus’ sacrifice – substitution Rom 5:5-10 2 Cor 5:18
Jesus’ sacrifice – reconciliation Rom5:10 Heb 2:17
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:8-11