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Saying #1 of Jesus on the Cross: Luke 23:34. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Updated: May 16, 2022


What a powerful statement of prayer that Jesus makes to the Father. Here, from the Cross, we must acknowledge that Jesus is performing His High Priestly role of Intercessor. In Timothy 2:5 we are told by the Holy Spirit that there is one mediator between God and men, and that is the Man Jesus Christ. Jesus pleads the ignorance of those who are crucifying Him to God, The Father. The agape love of Jesus rings out in these words of prayer for our pardon and for God’s forgiveness.

Jesus has come to save and not to condemn. His redemptive mission is to defeat sin and death on our behalf. He is willingly hanging on the Cross, and through all his suffering and distress, His thought is for our redemption from sin through Him. He does not want us to remain in sin, which would cause separation from God. He has told us that He is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. He will not abandon us, even in His darkest hour. He is our Faithful Advocate.

Forgiveness of sin is obtained through Him, and by His intercession, and by His eventual death and Resurrection, He makes possible our eternal life. His Death and most especially His Glorious Resurrection defeat sin, Satan and death. In John 17, Jesus prays His High Priestly pray to the Father.

John 17:1-2 “…Father the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may also glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.”

This statement by Jesus reveals His mind and heart to us. We are what is on His mind. No matter the cost, and He gives Himself completely, He prays for us. He is performing His redeeming work. His heart is revealed in the unconditional agape love He has for us. His love overflows with the saving grace He is earning for us by His shed Blood. He is making eternal life with Him in heaven possible for us to share. We are saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

This daily Equip Devotional has been provided by Rev. Marie Parma as we take time this Holy season in anticipation of the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.

Let us pray…

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