Submission (Submit to God’s will)
Read: Luke 23:32-34
Have you ever felt betrayed by someone you loved? Rejected by someone you trusted? Or maybe someone you thought you knew suddenly became a stranger to you? I have. It is one of the most painful hurts I’ve ever felt. In a way, it was almost like experiencing a death except that person was still there. And once the hurt subsided, anger and bitterness soon followed. It seemed like a million times after, I wondered how would it ever be possible to truly forgive them for what they did.
Isn’t it baffling to think that Jesus felt all of those things, too? Jesus Christ, who was completely blameless and without sin, was betrayed by Judas, his disciple; disowned by Peter, his faithful friend; and even forsaken by God, His Father. Yet, as He experienced the brutality of the cross, bearing the weight of every sin imaginable under the sun, He prayed, “Father, forgive them.” As hard as it is to imagine, try to put yourself in His place. If you’re anything like me, forgiveness would be the LAST thing on your mind.
So here’s what I know. First of all, unlike Jesus, none of us are blameless. Second, because of Jesus, we never have to know what it feels like to be forsaken by God (praise!). Finally, if Jesus had the capacity to forgive us as He accepted our judgement, then through HIS power, YES - you and I can forgive, too.
Pray: God, your ways are so far beyond ours. Thank you for forgiving us, even as you took on the judgement we deserved. Even when it seems impossible, remind us that through YOUR power, we can forgive those who have deeply hurt us, and give us the capacity to do so. In Jesus’ name, amen.