Lent Devotions 2012: Friday 24th February

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

Clueless. Unaware. Oblivious. Ignorant. These words come to mind to describe the soldiers casting lots for clothing worn by Jesus Christ for his crucifixion. The Saviour of the world, their personal Saviour, was only a few steps away from them, dying on a cross, bleeding for them. Yet they turned their backs and were more worried about who was going to get His garments. How unaware they were of how close their salvation was.

Isn’t it much the same today? Since Christianity is the world’s largest religion (at least for now), the vast majority of the Earth’s population know Christ was a real person who walked among us. His story for our salvation can be found very easily. Yet people all over the globe choose to turn away, busy themselves with other things, completely clueless as to just how close their salvation is. Even us believers choose, at times, to go our own way, ignore His plan for us, forget to worship and praise Him.

But there is good news. Even while suffering on the cross, looking down at the soldiers’ ambivalence, Christ demonstrated that nothing can separate us from the love of God. While they scorned Him, He had compassion for them. They ignored Him, and He begged the Father to forgive them. Only Christ, true man and true God, could show this kind of love. How wonderful it is to know that Christ will never abandon us, never forsake us.

Lord, forgive us when we fail to notice You in our lives. Grant that we never turn our backs on You. Help us to bring the good news of Your sacrificial love to our neighbours and friends. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.