Luke 23

Vs. 14-15,and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.”  What a dark day in the history of God’s creation.  At Jesus’ trial, we see Pilate and then Herod find no basis for death, but God’s own chosen would yell out crucify him (vs. 20).  The same crowds that were praising Jesus a week earlier were now condemning Him.  Think of Jesus at this time.  He had no sleep all night, , ridiculed, humiliated, abandoned, beaten and scourged so badly that He couldn’t even carry his own cross all the way.  And speaking of crucifixion, it is only one of the worst ways to die.  During that day, it was reserved only for the worst criminals.  Even during the death process of our Lord on the cross, His love and concern for those around him (the thief, his mother, forgiving others) are amazing.

Regarding application…Grace Given.  Vs. 34, “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  Here we see Jesus’ love in action.  Grace is God’s undeserved love and forgiveness.  Forgiveness does not guarantee salvation, but the first step was initiated for us.  We can’t repent and receive salvation if we are not forgiven.  As we soberly are reminded of the death of our Lord Jesus today, we want to ask ourselves; How will this apply to me?  Just as you have been given grace, now it is time for you to extend grace to another.  Forgiveness breaks down the walls of hostility.  Question: Who can you give grace to today?