Father, Forgive Them

Luke 23:32-38

"And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary..." This morning I would like us to turn our attention to the place called Calvary and to the event that took place there nearly two thousand years ago.

We might wonder how that something that took place so long ago and so far away could have any impact upon our lives today, but the crucifixion of Christ was not just another historical event. From God's point of view the death of Christ is the focal point of time and eternity. All Christian truth finds meaning and unity in the cross. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is the grand theme of the Old Testament, the climax of the four Gospels, and the content of the messages of the New Testament epistles.

This morning as we go to Calvary look and listen to what is taking place there. The Lamb of God is being sacrificed for you and for me. For six hours Jesus will hang on that old rugged cross suspended between heaven and earth. Seven times He will speak. Let's listen carefully to hear what is being said.

"Father forgive them; for they know not what they do."

I. Jesus Prayed from the Cross.

II. It Was a Prayer of Forgiveness.

III. It Required the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God.

What is your need this morning? Do you need to be cleansed from your sin? Do you need to accept Christ as your Savior? Know this, Jesus loves you and gave Himself for you. And forgiveness can be yours for the asking. This is the message this world needs to hear! Christian, are you proclaiming the precious truth of God's forgiveness?

Perhaps you have been hurt and wounded by another. Can you forgive? The greatest roadblock to personal revival is an unforgiving spirit. No one has been wronged like Jesus ... and He was willing to offer forgiveness. What about you?