FATHER FORGIVE THEM
There was once a man who was born in a little town back east. He grew up and took on the family business. The only earthly father he had ever known died sometime in his teen years and as the oldest son he took on the responsibility of caring for his mother.
He had a good reputation among all the people in his hometown. He was active in church and he would help anybody with any need they had. Oh, he was a good man and people loved him... But some people were jealous of his popularity and they were also distrustful of his theology.
Listen to the words of this man, which he spoke through his tears... through the pain of the beating that they gave him... listen to the words of our bleeding savior which he spoke concerning those who mocked and persecuted him from the cross which they nailed him to...
Luke 23:34 (NRSV) says, "Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
Jesus, much more than any of us, would have been fully justified in his anger toward those who hurt him. He was the Son of God... He had come so that we might have life and have it more abundantly... He had come to rescue us. He was on a mission of redemptive love from the Father... and those who needed him most rejected him the most fully...
From Christopher Surber’s Sermon "The Art of One-Anothering"
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Vanita George on Apr 20, 2005
I’d like to finish by reading this little excerpt I picked from TD Jakes’ book called “God’s Leading Ladies” and it goes as below:- To become a leading lady, you must raise the curtain and step forward. You must extend yourself beyond the self-imposed limits, external pressures, and patriarchal ...read more
Contributed by Ervin Kimrey on May 21, 2005
NEVER REALLY CONNECTED One night I saw my 7 year old daughter walking around with a cell phone. She was talking away. She would ask questions, wait for a reply, and give answers to apparent questions: "Yes...no...maybe...I’ll have to check on that..." and so on. Finally, worried about the bill ...read more
Contributed by Kenneth Squires on Jul 20, 2004
John Wesley provides the most convicting analysis on what it means to be a true servant: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” Rick ...read more
Contributed by Peter Schmidt on Nov 13, 2003
And starting today, you are beginning to turn into adults. While your parents still are going to make a lot of choices for you, you are just beginning that Phase where you begin to make some life-changing decisions. You will learn that mom and dad won’t always be there to tell you what to do. I’m ...read more
Contributed by Davon Huss on Oct 21, 2004
The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a winkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire ...read more