The Seven Last Words 十架七言 - 2022.3.6
Updated: Mar 11, 2022
大齋期靈修 – 胡玉藩牧師
Lenten Devotion – The Rev. Angus Wu
First Word: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus came to this world to save those He loves: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Yet what Jesus experienced was being despised by people, betrayed by his disciple, and finally suffered pain and was crucified on the cross.
Yet the first word by Jesus “on the cross” was a supplication: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” In the sermon on the mount, Jesus taught: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” He not just said it, He truly did it, praying for those who persecuted and crucified Him.
Jesus has once said to a paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” This clearly shows that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins. Therefore, when Jesus made this
‘intercession’, it in fact shows that He has already forgiven those who had sinned against Him. He actually referred those who was trying to ‘intentionally kill’ Him as merely committing ‘ignorant
transgression’. On the contrary, what about us?
Brothers and sisters, who are we interceding for today? Our parents? Family? Good friend? Usually we only pray for those whom we love (or even only pray for ourselves). Would we pray for those whom we hate, those who had sinned against us?
When we ‘do not accept’, ‘do not forgive’ those who are our good friends, brothers or sisters, co-workers in church or at work, our supervisor... or even our family, not to mention our enemies,
we are not willing to ‘accept’ and ‘forgive’. To regard others’ perhaps ‘inadvertent transgressions’ as ‘intentional offence’ or ‘deliberate hurt’ against you, we rationalize our ‘hatred’ against
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Prayer: O Lord, have mercy on us and forgive us, have mercy on our ‘do not accept’ and ‘forgive’ our ‘not knowing how to forgive’. Amen