A day like no other, a sin so grievous, and yet “Father, Forgive them, they know not what they do” comes from the lips of our Savior as he experiences the unforgivable . As Jesus hears those whom God has given the precious privilege of leading the people to God shouting “CRUCIFY HIM” we are reminded that the enemies of God “feign obedience” to Him. [Ps 66].
Pilate asks the accusers “Why what evil has he done?” because in his heart he knew that these had handed Jesus over to him out of envy. But, wishing to satisfy the crowd and the religious leaders, he chose to release a notorious criminal and order the crucifixion of the Holy One. They took Jesus to Golgotha and there crucified him and with him two robbers, one on the right and the other on the left.
The rebellious heart of the first is revealed as he challenges Jesus to come down from the cross, saving himself and him. The second rebukes the first with these words: “Do you not fear God since you are under the same condemnation and we indeed justly?” In those few words this one admitted his sin and sought forgiveness: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Jesus died that you might live. What is your choice?