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.