Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”
The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Luke 23:32 – 43)
Here we see that in his worst moment, Jesus is choosing to forgive those who are trying to put an end to him, permanently. I used to wonder, “How could Jesus forgive them? I could never do that.” Then it hit me. You see, Jesus may have been human, but he didn’t see things as we did. His eyes were different. Yes, they were like ours physically, but what he saw was different. When he looked at a man, he did not see the man as we see him, but he saw the man as God sees him, in all his goodness, he did not see situations as we do, he sees them as God does. Continue reading