Good morning!
Text: Luke 23  (Numbers 15-16)
It is always gripping to read one of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  The love, justice and power of God are all on vivid display.  So is His mercy.  The heart of mercy is never more evident than in these words Jesus spoke while He was being crucified:
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
Jesus has been beaten, mocked, scorned and is being brutally killed.  If it was me, every fiber of my flesh would want the perpetrators stopped and punished.  But the heart of Jesus is to plea for God the Father’s mercy for His tormentors.  That same heart is the one that sought us and bought us that we might receive mercy.  It was our sin that put Jesus on that cross, and our need for mercy is no less than that of those pounding the nails.  What a wonderful, merciful Savior, blessed redeemer and friend that we have in Jesus.  Thank you, Jesus, for saving our souls.
in Him, Mike