A thought by Erwin Raphael McManus, (2014-02-25) from his book, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art (p. 86). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Today, Good Friday is the day when we remember the greatest injustice that has even been done to an individual. And it is a day that we see how it is to be handled.
Jesus, the only perfect man who has ever walked this earth was crucified as a common criminal. No way was His death justified. But do you know how He handled it? Luke 23:34 (NLT), “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.’” Jesus forgave them and asked God, His Father to forgive them.
Now of course we want justice for injustice. We want to throw the book at people. No way am I going to forgive them. They don’t deserve it” and that is true but we also don’t deserve to be forgiven either but we more times than not demand it. Listen it was our sins, not just the Jews and Pilot who killed Him. If justice were served we would be on that Cross but because of Him we can be freed. But “we are never fully free until we have fully forgiven.”