Lent Devotions 2009: Friday 3rd April

β€œAnd Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide His garments.” Luke 23:34

Here, humankind is at its utter worst. Not only are they torturing to death a literally innocent man, they have no care for His suffering, no interest in His pain and death throes, but they do want His clothes for their own uses. They throw dice to gamble for them. A bit like when someone dies nowadays – where there is a will, there is a relative.

But, above them, in His pain and torment, Jesus prays for them. Not just them, but all of us. This is a truly loving Son of God – loving us to His last breath, not hating us for the pain, the sins, the rejection. If even a fraction of what happened to Jesus happened to us, would we not feel resentful, hatred or even slightly miffed? Of course we would. It is our nature. Thank God it was not in His!

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your perfect nature and Your willingness to endure everything for us sinners. Amen.