When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."
Let's be very serious. Is God re-inventing Himself in the New Testament?
Some people consider the God of the Old Testament to be Very Different from the New Testament.
Instead of the reinvention of God,
let's see Jesus and forgiveness.
Hear O Israel, the Lord Thy GOD is One.
What did Jesus show in His Forgiveness - what is His Model?
Sincere Forgiveness came from the Innocent Son of God.
Our goodness in forgiveness doesn't necessarily have an immediate payback.
What happened as Jesus Forgave?
1. They cast lots for what they could put their hands upon, to take further.
They disregarded His forgiveness.
2. Others just looked on.
3. Rulers sneered.
What Difference did the Forgiveness of God Give? Was there an impact? Was that amazing Forgiveness pointless?
1. The people saw the Dead walk.
2. 500 people saw Jesus alive and teaching.
A new Heaven and a new earth.
And the new earth was formed as a progression of miracles and ripples.
Allowing the Rock to make Living Water keep moving.
This Lavish Love had Very Old Testament Wonders.
Forgiveness is the Deep Breathe of allowing God to have what we cannot heal.
Forgiveness is the giving up of retaliation.
Forgiveness is not blaming ourselves to not obtain perfection.
Forgiveness is not taking this on and on, it is rest.
Forgiveness is saying, with sincerity, "My best and foremost step is conversation with God."
Forgiveness is not a magic eraser. It is a bridge to His Path forward.
Forgiveness is being at peace even if there are flaws.
Forgiveness has Boundaries.
Places where we don't have to bang our head over and over.
Forgiveness is a Deep, Clean Breathe.
Take that breathe and give Him the Lord's Prayer.
Letting God have what we can't redo, can't renew, can't be more than human.
We do not see Jesus stand in front of the Holy of Holies and make the Temple repair as HE stands to Proclaim Himself.
Jesus kept on Blazing His Path. For us.
Jesus does not appear in front of the Sanhedrin Council and destroy their Talmud records (we can read today in Scotland). The Sanhedrin Council cannot let go of the harm they did to God's Son and for years they discuss complete falsehoods to make themselves feel better. History records the real evidence. The Council takes their forgiveness and spin for themselves a way to keep doing the status quo.
The rulers don't have enough remorse to have anything but excuses. Old paths and circles. Old values, traditions. Jesus provided forgiveness and we do not see evidence of any change.
Forgiveness was given.
The Status Quo of Power, died, in 70 A.D., the natural death Jesus would have had.
God was ending the powers that had ended His Son. A consequence to not opening a heart to forgiveness. God didn't just go gooey.
This is the Same God. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.
What? Only the people who would crucify Jesus?
Even those who loved Him.
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him. 21And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left."
Jesus also told Peter. Self before help. Peter moved into fear and betrayal. The cost of not being with the multitude of women and people who mourned Jesus on Good Friday brought a cost. They would give up their lives for Jesus. And this - they - chose to do.
Peter made a mistake to the Lamb of God, complete Innocence and Goodness.
Peter continued to Grow with Love towards Jesus.
Jesus taught Peter not to walk on his own self-righteousness.
God was interweaving their failings to comfort us. We all fail. Those who walked with Jesus failed. God weaves all things to good for those who love Him and work to His purpose. Jesus promised many comforts to those who would continue in Him.
Just like the Kings and Chronicles of The Old Testament we see, sin has consequences, and God is Raising us up again in Him.
The largest concentration of Blessings surround the Boundaries God gives us.
Jesus said to Love.
John, Luke, Timothy, Mark - the loved ones who stayed to help the dying - lived to be old. THEY LOVED! Mark stayed on in hardship and trouble for Peter. Peter declared Mark to be his son. Mark had failed Paul once before.
Forgiveness has given mercy. There is fruit in Forgiveness.
(Proving long life - God seeing His Creation as Good - God sees as a blessing! Forget the good die young.)
The Bible isn't just a book of martyrs with long robes.
In this Life, God rewarded "Beloved, let us Love one another - Love is of God."
The Old Testament isn't without processes, doesn't contort.
Forgiveness doesn't require lack of consequence or amnesia.
The New Testament does not say magic beans and all cuddles, not no consequences.
Forgiveness is not a contortion. This is a process. As the Father ran to the Prodigal Son, we read all through the paragraph - this has taken time. Luke 15.
We forgive immediately as a start by saying, "I want to forgive, I will forgive, God help me each day as the Prodigal Father had time to forgive." Push back the dark. Forgive.
Jesus told us about this as well.
"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 "So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit."
This is usually a good rule to be cautious.
And is Scripture. God says Mercy is shown to the Merciful. A good point to remember in our discernment.
Centered like the Old Testament.
NOW. Jesus told Joshua in the Holy Spirit to be "Centered". We must be real and sincere in our Soul to Our Father who Loves us best.
21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Joshua kept working the process.
Jesus did not take vengeance.
Yet, in the physical body - HE did not chose to attend the Sadduceen Council.
1 Corinthians 7 15
But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
Peace is important.
Fighting for the Peace is important.
Peace usually is not slid into, we have to work or fight for peace. Nicey will fall apart like kleenex on a rainy day. Let the people who have ears, hear. Work to communication with respect.
We did this Today in this household. We had heated and loud words, I was overlooked and I refused to be the back of the bus for no apparent reason. I refused to quit. My husband said, 'cool off time.' We did. I sent an email saying my point of view and why POLITE with a constant communication Heard - Was IMPORTANT.
Because Peace is Work in Progress - Our communication was completed. Misunderstandings were explained. The one flaw was admitted and forgiveness was completely exchanged. Nicey without apology and communication would have left this unresolved. This peace was loudly fought for. And had a referee to say - stop - pause. Think. Someone cared enough to say - I'm also involved. Love found a path with Words.
Like Jesus - Our Hero, Savior, Beloved - we will not have all apparent victories.
Our steps hope to follow those who love Jesus. Peter, Paul, Timothy, Barnabas, Mark - they all had times to leave. Changes and relationships ended. Towns said no.
No Portion of the Bible discussing this transient Life had Huge and Continual Spike the Football.
A Boundary - An Important Boundary? !!!
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
How is the OLD TESTAMENT LIKE THE NEW TESTAMENT?
And the same joy in the old Testament of Nehemiah....
GOD tells us about Heaven 346 Times in the Old Testament.
Compassion of GOD! And still telling us of Heaven in the New Testament!
To what can we compare the Joy of forgiveness?
Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Build up the Body of Christ in Love. We ask Jesus for the Encouragement and Miracles You provided to Daniel. Fathers return to sons and hearts encouraged to Love. Family. Your Will be Done. Amen!!!
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †