The most powerful phrase in the world in any language are the words, “I forgive you.”
How many times do we really say that or have heard that with all sincerity and honesty?
I have heard several preachers tell of the story of a man who had been estranged from his son for many years. He wanted to reconcile and placed in an ad in the paper saying, “Pablo, all is forgiven. Meet at the (hotel) the next weekend. Papa.” When the man showed up at the hotel, more than 800 Pablos had shown looking for their Papa to forgive them.
However, where did forgiveness come from? There was a time in the existence of man that did not have “forgiveness” in his vocabulary. Ancient readings, including the Old Testament of the Bible, showed the lack of forgiveness of man to other man and man to woman and even man to child.
These, of course, were all before Jesus Christ was crucified for the world approximately 1,983 years ago this month.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
The birth of Jesus Christ is well known, even in the secular religions. The life of Jesus was placed in the virginal womb of Mary before she had sexual relations with her husband, Joseph. Unfortunately, many want to ignore or deny the other part of His story.
And why? Is it perhaps because many people do not want to admit that they need or even want forgiveness of all the things they have done in their lives?
This Child, Jesus Christ, walked the earth for 33 years, sharing experiences and living the life of a mortal human being. Many amazing miracles happened with His spoken word, but of all the many thousands and thousands of healings He did, there is one thing that many of His opponents hated Him the most for: His forgiveness.
He forgave a woman for adultery. He forgave the sinner beside Him on the cross. He even forgave the men who spit on Him, brutally tortured Him, lied about Him, gambled over His clothes, and nailed His sore body to a rough wooden cross. He forgave others for other things. He even forgives us for our stupidity and hatred of Him.
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34
There is only one thing He really requires of us in return: to ask Him.
If a man or woman was trapped alone in a deep dark pit with violent horrible reptiles and danger and someone was above who had access to a rope, would you not expect that person in the pit to ask for help? If they did not and chose to continue in the pit, you would think them crazy.
Nonetheless, Jesus Christ died on the cross to offer the rope for man and woman to be free from the pit. He died under the most horrific conditions under more brutal attackers than any in modern history.
But that was not the end of the story. If He had remained dead, He would have been nothing more than a nice man, a prophet as so many other religions have tried to label Him. Nonetheless, He beat the curse of man by raising from the dead – his body still scarred but alive to live again. The only Man ever to beat the unbeatable curse. And why? Because He was the true Son of the living God!
And all He says is, “Accept Me as the Man, the Son of God, who died, innocent and in place of you and I will give you eternal life.”
For when a person accepts Christ as their Savior, He promised we will live life more abundantly, we will come to life again, we will not go to Hell, a place reserved for the Devil and his followers, and we will have the ultimate gift of a close relationship with the Creator of the Universe, the Savior, the Man who died in our place, Jesus Christ.
We will be forgiven.
7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
13The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.
14Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.
15Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
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