Day 297 – Forgive Them
On: August 24, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34

Luke recognises that Jesus is quoting from Psalm 22 and helps us to understand what took place on that historic day – not some appalling injustice, but the fulfilment of God’s plans, revealed centuries earlier. Reading through the Psalm reveals so much intimate detail that was to be fulfilled on that “green hill far away without a city wall”. Jesus would have known it word for word and foreseen exactly what was gong to happen.

It was because of that foreknowledge that He was not thrown by the events as they unfolded and, in spite of the agony and anguish he must have been experiencing, He was able to ask for forgiveness for those around him and administer grace to them. They cast lots for his clothes (selfish mundanity); he asked that they might be forgiven for killing the son of God (eternal grace)

I, too, will be better placed to negotiate life’s trials, yet still look out for my fellow travellers, if I have found time and space to understand God’s plans for my life and aligned myself to them. Can’t avoid it, it’s back on those knees again in prayer.


Father God, please reveal to me Your plans for my life, that I might be set free from the worries of grappling with my own agenda, to serve those around me day by day. Amen

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