Bryant H. McGill- There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.

Jesus Speaks To The Father

Luke 23:34–37 (ESV) 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…” 

Matthew 26:28 (ESV) for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 23:34–37 (ESV) 34b And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

Matthew 27:44 (ESV) 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. 

Penned Truth- Jesus Christ’s words of compassion and loving concern for the empty, sin-laden crowd show God’s merciful and gracious nature in action.

Jesus Speaks To One Of The Criminals 

Mark 15:27 (ESV) 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 

Isaiah 53:12 (NLT) 12 I will give him the honors of a victorious soldier, because he exposed himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels.

Luke 23:39–42 (ESV) 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, (pause) saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” (pause) 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 

Luke 23:43 (ESV) 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:43 (NLT) 43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Penned Truth: Compassion fuels Acts of kindness and mercy.  

Final Word- It is remarkable that, during His excruciating and mind-numbing torment of the cross, Jesus focused not on the people’s evil words or what they had done to Him but on forgiveness. Alicia Bruxvoort noted that the shape of true love isn’t a diamond; it’s a cross.