“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

Luke 23:34 KJV

Imagine you are about to die. You have the chance of saying a few last words. What would you say? Jesus uttered seven statements before He died.  I think seven is noteworthy, because God often works in a cycle of seven. The Bible tells us we are “crucified with Christ”,  and so these are words that should, in essence, be our words also. These are His first words, spoken shortly after the soldiers hoisted the cross into place. God wants us to forgive as Jesus forgave us.  That’s often not easy for us. Just as it says in the bible, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;  and thy neighbor as thyself” Luke 10:27 KJV  Jesus’ second statement was, “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 KJV  As Jesus said in Isaiah (53:12) He died on a hill between tow thieves. Yet they both ask to be saved.  What makes these two classes different? The thief on the left says, “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 KJV  Jesus promised that if we believe, all things are possible. In His third statement, He says, “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19:26-27 KJV  In one sense, Jesus was simply setting His house in order.  Yet how should you feel if you were on the cross as your mother watched? You would probably be preoccupied with your own suffering. In His fourth statement He says, ” And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34 KJV  The Romans thought He was calling out for Elijah, because the Jews believed Elijah was coming back, and they mocked Him for it. So when Jesus said, “Why have you forsaken me,” He was taking our place for our sin. Jesus’ fifth statement was, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” John 19:28 KJV  After knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus is dehydrated from His long trials and the loss of blood. In His sixth statement, He says, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30 KJV  Christ’s mission was a total success; that’s wonderful news!  He accomplished everything He came to do. But He had one last thing to say and this was the seventh statement, and He says, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” Luke 23:46 KJV  Christ did just that when He declared, “It is finished.”  He completed His plan for saving us, and He paid the debt.  And not just part of the debt, all of it. Jesus knew His mission, knew the prophecies said He would rise again, and even though He felt  He was facing eternal separation, He said, “Father, I trust you.”  Just as it says in the bible. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV  Jesus is the only One who can give eternal life to all who trust in Him. Have you considered God’s offer of salvation? Why not put your trust and faith in Christ today? For He is the on that paid the penalty for your sins so you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger



  1. internet elias says:

    Good post. Beautiful. Too, ‘Father forgive them..they know not what they do’ was said to make clear that the ‘blind/deaf’ Jews who demanded ‘Give us Barabas’…did so because God did not allow them to recognize the forerunner Elias/John the Baptist….nor their Messiah. They truly did not ‘know what they do.’ To this day…the blindness of the remnant remains. My blog site is named because of my love for these prophetic scriptures and their continuing impact on our world today…concerning Israel. Two posts at my site discuss the ‘remnant’ as it relates to Christ’s crucifixion. They are titled ‘Fulness of the Gentiles:Restoration of the Remnant”…and ‘Remnant Can’t Hear the Gospel’.

    Beautiful is the fact that Christ knew those who condemned him were worthy of forgiveness..since they were innocent. They ARE forgiven.

    Again, very good post.


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