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Listen to this quote by Charles Spurgeon regarding Christ’s plea for those who crucified Him:
“Do you notice when it was that Jesus pleaded? It was while they were crucifying Him. They had just driven in the nail; they had lifted up the cross and dashed it down into its socket, dislocating all His bones, so that He could say, “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.” (Ps. 22:14). Ah, dear friend, it was then that instead of a cry or a groan, this dear Son of God said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” They did not ask forgiveness for themselves, but Jesus asked forgiveness for them. When their hands were imbrued in His blood, it was then, even then, that He prayed for them. Let us think of the great love wherewith He loved us, even while we were yet sinners, when we rioted in sin, when we drank it down as the ox drinks down water. Even then He prayed for us. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom. 5:6) Bless His name. He prayed for you when you did not pray for yourself. He prayed for you when you were crucifying Him.” – The Power Of The Cross Of Christ
Do you remember when you lived in and loved your sin? Do you remember when you hated the Savior and scoffed at the thought of needing forgiveness. It was then that He prayed for you. Do you remember when you nailed Christ to the cross with your wickedness? It was then that He prayed for you. Do you remember when you rejected Christ, and spit in His face, and told Him that you wanted nothing to do with Him? It was then that He prayed for you.
We must praise Jesus. How can we remain silent when we see the deep, lavish, unfathomable love of Christ? Let us sing songs of gratefulness and lift prayers of thanksgiving. Let us sing in love and wonder to this great Savior.
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34
In these words we see the immeasurable kindness of Jesus Christ towards sinners. He appeals to God for the forgiveness of His killers, pleading their sinful ignorance. These words are full of pity, rich with compassion, and reveal the Savior’s great heart of love. These words serve as a great comfort to the Christian and a plea of love to the non-Christian. Let’s meditate on them for a moment.
For they know not what they do. In one sense, those who crucified Jesus did know what they were doing. They willfully nailed Jesus to the cross with full knowledge that He claimed to be the Son of God and the King of the Jews. They chose to reject Christ, they spit in His face, they leveled false accusations against Him, and they nailed Him to a rough, splintered piece of wood. We too are counted part of this group. Our sins put Jesus on the cross and we bear as much guilt in His death as the men who actually drove the nails into His hands. We carry Christ’s very nails in our pockets.
Yet Christ pleads the ignorance of those who crucified Him! They didn’t truly realize what they were doing. They didn’t understand that they were nailing the world-maker to a cross. They didn’t realize that they were piercing the very hands that formed them in the womb. They were fully blinded by sin, and were unable to see the Prince of Glory. Christ, the infinitely merciful One, is aware of their blindness, and asks that the Father would forgive them.
Christ has been incredibly merciful to us as well. We too were blinded by sin. We were blind to the beauty of Christ, and couldn’t comprehend His true identity. When we sinned against Him, He didn’t crush us as we deserved, for He knew that we were ignorant. Instead, He poured out mercy upon us.
Hasn’t Jesus been kind to you? He has been so good to me. I was a desperately wicked, ignorant sinner who deserved the fiery torments of hell. Yet Christ saw my ignorance and felt pity in His great heart.
Jesus, let our love for you be deep! Stir the deep desires of our heart with strong love for you. No one has been kinder, no one has shown us more mercy. Teach us to live for you alone.
“And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” – Luke 23:34
What astonishing words! In the words, “Father, forgive them,” we see so much of the glorious character of our Savior. Just as a telescope allows us to look deep into space, so these words allow us to look deep into the heart of the Savior. Let’s take some time to dwell on these words.
Can you hear the love of sinners in the words of Jesus? As nails are driven deep into His flesh, Jesus cries out to God on behalf of the ones driving the nails. His love for sinners is so deep and His compassion so strong, that He asks the Father to forgive His killers. And the fact is, we killed the Savior just as much as the men who physically nailed Him to the cross. Our sins served as nails which pinned Jesus to that rough, wooden cross. The words, “Father, forgive…” were spoken just as much for us as for the men who swung the hammers.
How deep the love of Jesus. Why would He ask for my pardon? I’ve despised Him and treated Him like garbage. He asks the Father to pardon my iniquities. I’ve rejected Him, yet He embraces me. When I survey the wondrous cross, I must respond in worship. How can we not sing when we see the depth of God’s love?
Jesus, how great is your love! Fill us with a deep affection for you. Let our hearts be filled with gratitude to You and delight in You. As we hear the cries of Calvary, warm our hearts with fresh passion for You. May all we do be for Your glory.
“The more we dwell where the cries of Calvary can be heard the more noble our lives become. Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.” – Charles Spurgeon
Over the next few posts, I want to heed the wisdom of Mr. Spurgeon and take time to dwell where the cries of Calvary can be heard. Why? Nothing infuses life into our souls like seeing our dying Savior. Nothing sparks passion in our cold hearts like hearing the words that were uttered by Jesus as he hung suspended upon the wooden cross. Nothing creates passion for the Savior more than seeing the glory of Christ at the cross.
Do you want more love for Jesus? Do you long to feel extravagant devotion for Jesus and experience the joy of your salvation? Have you felt dry spiritually? When was the last time you listened to the words that were spoken upon Golgotha? When did you last meditate upon the final words of our Savior before His death. For me, it’s been far too long.
I want more passion and zeal for Christ. I want to be consumed with one pure and holy passion: to serve Jesus with a joyful exuberance. Therefore, I’m going to spend time dwelling at the foot of the cross.
“When the Philistines captured the ark of God, they brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it into the house of Dagon and set it up beside Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and put him back in his place. But when they rose early on the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen face downward on the ground before the ark of the LORD, and the head of Dagon and both his hands were lying cut off on the threshold. Only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.” – 1 Sam 5:1-4
When the ark of God was brought into the temple of the Philistine god Dagon, it must have been a triumphant moment for the Philistines. They had essentially “captured” the God of Israel. But we serve a God who cannot be captured and who cannot be tamed. In this passage we see that there is no God but God, and all will bow before His overwhelming power.
How humbling this must have been for the Philistines. For the priests of Dagon to come in each morning and find their “great” god, Dagon, prostrate on the floor before the God of Israel. Then to come in and find Dagon without head or hands, like a dead and defeated warrior in battle.
Can you see the greatness of our God shining through in this passage? He cannot be beaten, or broken, or captured. He’s the supreme ruler of the universe, the One to whom every angel and every demon must submit. He’s the triumphant warrior King, who crushes all His enemies and makes them bow at His feet. And to all who trust in His Son, He’s a gracious, loving Father. What an amazing God we serve.
When was the last time you bowed your heart before the Lord in adoration? Take time today to honor the Lord for surpassing greatness, and praise Him for His unstoppable power.
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