33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them, for the know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Of the many places Jesus Christ walked, perhaps no steps were more painful than the ones that would take him to the site of His Crucifixion at Golgotha, a hill outside of Jerusalem’s city walls. There, fastened to a cross, he encountered people who cruelly mocked Him saying, “He saved others; let him save himself.” But Jesus chose to save us instead of himself. He begged His Father to “forgive them, for they know not what they do.” These words are a powerful reminder that Jesus Christ suffered so that all of God’s children can change and repent to find the forgiveness that comes through His atoning sacrifice.
If Jesus Christ could forgive those who hurt Him, maybe we can find the strength to forgive the people who have hurt us. You’re invited to try an experiment. Think of someone you would like to forgive. Write them a letter forgiving them. It doesn’t have to be more than a few sentences long. That’s it. You don’t need to send it. Just write it and see how it feels.
Why do you think Jesus Christ was able to forgive those who hurt Him?
How does it hurt us to hold onto the pain others have caused us?
What do we gain by forgiving those who have done us wrong?