Saturday, 16 February 2008
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
Did Jesus really mean this prayer for his executioners? Or was it just good PR, since He knew God wasn’t ever going the let them off the hook for this particular piece of hideous brutality.
Or did Jesus know that while they’d be forgiven for their involvement in the crucifixion, they’d still be spending eternity getting tortured for living their entire lives as godless pagans who didn’t repent and accept him as their Lord and Personal Saviour. So there was nothing to lose by showing a bit of magnamity while everyone was watching.
Or were they actually forgiven? In which case has anyone else been forgiven by God simply because they didn't understand the full ramifications of what they did? Or are these thugs the luckiest sinners in all eternity?