Summary: Lessons we can learn from the His words, "Father, forgive them." THE BLINDING POWER OF SATAN, THE BLESSED PROVISION FOR SIN, THE BELOVED PATTERN FOR THE SAINTS
“Father, forgive them.”
I want us to look at some of the last words Jesus ever uttered on earth from the cross before he died.
These are the final words that Jesus Christ spoke while hanging on an old rugged cross. On that cross we see our Lord’s greatest work, and on that cross we hear our Lord’s greatest words.
Some words live on! I read about a lady who died
in Kansas and on her tombstone were these words: "I told you I was sick." Some words live on!
I read about a man who owned a restaurant for years, and he was about to die. He had always been known for being stingy! As he laid on his bed, he began mumbling something. So the family leaned in to hear his final words. Very faintly he said, "Slice the ham thin," and then he died. Some words live on!
I read about a wealthy man who died and the family gathered together to hear the reading of his
last will and testament. The family all sat in a circle trying to look sad as the attorney read the will. They were all anxious to learn what their portion of the pot would be.
The attorney began reading, "I, Sam Jones, having made a large fortune, being of a sound mind and proper judgment, want to reveal to my family that I spent it all." Some words live on!
However, if there were ever words that lived on, it would have to be the final words of Jesus Christ.
Now, lets endeavor to unpack this amazing and wonderful first saying!
"Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
I. THE BLINDING POWER OF SATAN
“they know not what they do."
Jesus could clearly see that sin and Satan had a powerfully blinding effect on sinners.
They were not ignorant of the fact they were crucifying innocence. Pilate had said. "I find in Him no fault at all." Herod had said, "Lo, nothing worthy of is done of Him." Judas had said, "For I have betrayed ."
They ought to have known waht they were doing. Their blindness was inexcusable. The Old Testament prophecies which had received their fulfillment in him were sufficiently plain to identify him as the One sent from God. His teaching was unique, for his very critics were forced to admit, "Never man spake like this man" (John 7:46 (quickview) ). Jesus had lived before them a life which had never been lived on earth before. His life was ever lived to the glory of God. His life was one on which was stamped heaven’s approval, for the Father’s voice testified audibly, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am wellpleased." No, there was no excuse for their ignorance; it only demonstrated the blinding power of Satan.
Of what then were they ignorant? They knew not that they were crucifying the Lord of glory.
A. They were ignorant of the PERSON of the Cross
Because Christ was so different from what they hoped the Messiah would be they were not aware of the awful criminality of their conduct.
As the Lord Jesus hung on the cross He recognized the blinding power of Satan and sin.