“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they d…

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
These are not the words I would expect to come from someone who had just been unjustly beaten, scourged and crucified. He doesn’t even plead His case from the cross. I would at least be declaring my innocence for the world to hear. But that is not what we heard from Jesus. Instead, He asked His Father to forgive, rather than hold accountable, the sins of His accusers.
The innocent was dying for the wicked. Jesus took not only His accusers’ sins upon Himself, but He also took yours and mine. In this unimaginable act of grace, we see the love of God for His broken and lost children. He would rather die to save them than lose them.