Luke’s Gospel records Jesus’ prayer as He was being crucified, “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do.” (Luke 23) There is something very interesting about the structure of this prayer in its original language. We read the English translation and see Jesus asking for the forgiveness of His persecutors. That’s true, but it’s larger than that.
The original setting suggests the prayer wasn’t offered once at the time we see it the narrative. It was a continuous prayer throughout the ordeal of crucifixion. That makes it all the more humbling to us. Why us? Well, we also read in Hebrews that Christ is at the right hand of the Father continually making intercession for us. We don’t know all the content of His intercession, but I think it’s safe to say He is still offering that prayer for me today. Yes, believers have been forgiven once and for all. Even so, we still have the command in I John to confess our sins and accept His continual cleansing. It’s a matter of maintaining our fellowship, not our relationship. Do I know every sin I commit? There are certainly sins committed in ignorance. When I know, or don’t know, what sin I have committed His forgiveness is still extended to me in majestic love. The more I know of His forgiving love, the more I want to walk close to Him. How about you?
Soli Deo Gloria!