Sunday, March 28, 2010
Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus said these words right at the beginning of the crucifixion. Many commentators have suggested it might well have been said whilst they were driving the nails in His hands and feet!
In the original Greek language, the tense of the verb “Jesus said” conveys continual action. In other words, it literally reads “Jesus was saying” – it might suggest that Jesus repeated this prayer several times.
Picture Jesus being placed on the cross as it lay on the ground. Two Roman soldiers hold his arm outstretched as another hammers a huge spike through the skin and muscle tissue. Jesus says, “Father, forgive them.” Then as they place his other arm on the crossbeam and pound that spike into the other hand, again, “Father, forgive them.” Next, they move to his feet, and cross one foot over the other and the soldier drives the final spike through
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