Jesus said: “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23 verse 34)
The film ‘The Railway Man’ tells the story of a soldier called Eric Lomax who suffered brutality from a Japanese officer while serving as a war prisoner on the notorious Burma railway.
It’s a true story of triumph since, after many years struggling with anger and revenge, Eric meets his cruel tormentor and forgives him.
On Good Friday, our quote spoken by Jesus, the man of peace, comes as he suffered the betrayal of Judas, the rejection of the people, and injustice from Pontius Pilate.
Soldiers were mocking him and crowds spat on him, showering him with verbal abuse.
Soldiers nailed him to the cross, and his mother watched him die in excruciating pain.
They didn’t know what they were doing, but Jesus did because this was the Son of God who had come to save people from their sins by dying and paying their debt.
When the debt was paid, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’.
The debt was fully paid, so that all who believe are promised the forgiveness of every sin – past, present and future.
Now that is a totally different kind of forgiveness altogether since it has eternal significance.
Have you come to Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin?
If not, then just do it.
Confessing, repenting and asking for Jesus’ help and constant encouragement to live a changed lifestyle shows that what he has done makes you a new kind of person who’s heaven bound.
Elder, Olivet Evangelical Church, Falkirk