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Jesus' Word 1 and 2 on the cross

Hi all,

Friends, as this is the Holy week, let us see something about what Jesus spoke when He was on the cross. Yesterday we had a meeting where we shared the Word of God based on these seven Words. There can be n number of emails that can be sent. But I try to make things short. Read a verse and then take a break and then proceed, if it is too long.

Word 1:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34

The people who shouted, “Hosannah!” and who prepared Him way on Palm Sunday, started shouting, “Nail Him on the cross” a few days later. He was beaten up like anything. People spitted on Him. They slapped Him. They made lot on His garments. They made Him bear a heavy cross. He was completely ill-treated by them.

Jesus – is the one who forgives the sins of the people. The primary purpose of Jesus to leave the place of the highest glory to the worst world is to forgive our sins. He insisted the same when He was on the cross when He was completed rejected and despised by men. He accepted all the spits, beats, mocks, etc,… without uttering a word. He was God and He could have cursed them for He didn’t deserve the cruel punishment. But still as He knew His purpose He chose to forgive everyone.

He teaches forgiveness in the Lord's prayer: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us" Matthew 6:12 We have no rights to pray this prayer when we don’t forgive others. Let us forgive others even if they don’t deserve it.

Word 2:

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

One of the thieves who hung there insulted Jesus while the other one rebuked him saying, “We’re punished justly for what we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” And then he said, “Lord, please remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Then Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Out of all the pains He bore, Jesus didn’t curse anyone, but remained silent. He prayed for their forgiveness. This really touched the thief’s heart. He would have never listened to any of the sermons Jesus preached. But he should have felt divine power of Jesus on the cross and he believed that Jesus would reign. His sins were forgiven and his faith was honored by Jesus. He just asked Jesus to remember him, but Jesus granted much generously that HE reserved a place for him in Paradise.

This again reveals that even at the death pain, Jesus was able to forgive others and He never allowed anything to divert Him from the primary purpose.

To be continued… 


Happy Good Friday and Easter to everyone!

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