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I Am Them
February 27, 2022

I Am Them

February 27, 2022

I Am Them
Father, Forgive Them, for they don’t know what they are doing
 
Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.Luke 23:32–34 (NLT)

1. for your enemies.

43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.Matthew 5:43–48 (NLT)

2. is a must.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.Luke 23:34 (NLT)

12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.Matthew 6:12 (NLT)

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.Romans 3:23 (NLT)

8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord.1 Corinthians 2:8 (NLT)

Who do you need to forgive?

3. compassion

35 The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37 They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”Luke 23:35–37 (NLT)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.Romans 5:8 (NLT)

Whatever you do, don’t let the crowd you are surrounded by, keep you from coming to Jesus?

 

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