Introduction: As we look at the events which occurred on Golgotha the day Jesus died, we could focus on many aspects. I want us to fix our eyes upon Jesus Christ Himself. At the foot of the cross, we hear Him say, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Let’s look at this prayer and see what we can learn when Jesus prayed for pardon.
I. THE CONTEXT
a. When we can do nothing else, we can pray.
b. At times, the circumstances of our lives are similar to those of Jesus.
II. THE CONCERN
a. Jesus did not pray, “Father, help me!”
b. He prayed instead, “Father, forgive them.”
III. THE CONSTANCY
a. Jesus almost surely prayed for pardon more than once.
b. We must not pray for our heart’s desire one time, and then give up.
IV. THE CONTENT
a. Jesus was praying that the Father would permit the crucifixion to continue.
b. Even when we do our worst to God, He is ready to do His best for us.
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