Father forgive them

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And when they came to the place that is called The Skull [Golgotha], there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:33-43)

One of the final phrases that the great Jesus Christ uttered on the cross at Golgotha was “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (verse 34). Unfortunately, many modern Christians regard these utterly profound words with far too little judiciousness. In this simple phrase, a great number of teachings are summarised, yet are customarily trivialised or ignored altogether. Beyond the standard “forgiveness of sins” that are often preached is the method of prayer, devotion to the Father, forgiveness versus unforgivability of sins and awareness of one’s actions.

Method of Prayer

What is prevalent when Jesus asks his Father, is that he asks simply, immediately and without dissemination. Whenever you ask Father for something, it is a prayer. To pray is to ask. All one can do is ask. It need not be long, nor laden with emotion.

To demand results, is to assume authority over the actions of Father and that He is servile to you.To expect results is also a similar error. To be petulant or to accuse Him for failing to act, is even worse. “Put not the Lord God to the test” should be forefront in your prayers. “Thy Will be done on Earth” should also be prevalent. Be assured that your prayer is heard, and be assured that your motives for asking will also be observed.

A prayer is not about getting it your way. If your asking aligns with Divine Will, then it will be done. Prayer is asking Father to intervene in the status of the world, and as such, is a sacred request. Treat it as such. Be honest. Realise that there is nothing else that you can do, but ask. All else is to assume that self-will prevails, which is the first mistake that Adam and Even took in the Garden of Eden.

Devotion

All actions should be carried out, not for personal gain, but to attempt to be a vessel to allow the Father’s Will to be carried out. Therefore, the results of one’s actions should not matter, insomuch that Father’s Will has been done. This takes devout prayer and deep meditation to begin to achieve the stillness required.

Jesus also indicated that you must love your father above all else. As such, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,” is a prayer with Love of the Father at the fore.

Forgiveness of sins

A typical preaching in a Christian Church will use the phrase to exemplify the level of forgiveness that Christ showed. Commonly, also depicted are the subsequent verses in which the two criminal are compared and contrasted. The first criminal echoes the words of the crowd, for which the crux is “Save yourself and us” (verse 35 and 39), whereas the second criminal, admitting to his faults and who is aware the Christ is innocent, simply asks “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom,” (verse 41), and is immediately forgiven.

What is typically omitted from a standard Christian preaching is how the crowd at Golgotha mimics the taunts of Satan, where Jesus spent forty days in the desert, “TODO ref” (Luke 4:2-14).

This of course raises the question of how different are we really from Satan himself, if the standard person makes demands of the Christ in the same manner as Satan? The first reaction of an ordinary person is to exclaim their innocence. Inevitably, all of us have a pretty high opinion of ourselves, thinking that “we are not so bad,” and often we cite our “good deeds” in order to justify our righteousness. Does not the Revelation of John state clearly that the second beast will clouds men’s thoughts and actions? TODO. John makes no mention of anyone, at anytime being exempt. Anyone thinking they are exempt from the machinations of the second beast are sorely mistaken. It is a constant battle that is never ending. One modern angelic master has been heard to say words to the effect that “when you reach heaven, then you can rest.” [1]

Forgivability

If you know that your actions are wrong, and you do them anyway, your actions may (or may not) be forgiven. Do not put the lord God to the test! It is in innocence that our sins can be forgiven.

That said, it is repentance that is the key to our forgivability. Without the acknowledgement of guilt and without the admission of wrongdoing, forgiveness will not be forthcoming. As such, it is vital that one begins to learn about one’s actions and how they either serve the Self or serve the Father.

Awareness

Throughout many books of the New Testament is the need to be aware of one self. Unfortunately, nearly everyone mistakenly believes that they know themselves rather well, and there is little to learn. This is a mistake.

The proof that you are not only unaware of what you do, but that you are unaware of the mistakes that you make can be easily made. For one day, for every waking minute of that day, be aware of any and all traces of Anger that appear in your mind and your body. Clenched fists, or jaws are the most obvious physical signs, but so too are the tensions that build up, which are typically in response to a “desire to control” the events unfurling around you. Anger is often related to tension. Any small frustrations in the mind are also examples of Anger.

If, at the end of one day, without forgetting to observe Anger, you have not seen a shred of Anger, then quite simply, you have not looked properly. Even during this essay, I have become aware of tension and Anger as it rises and falls within this body. There are techniques for elimination of these instances of sin [2].

Errata Topics

There are also other topics that are raised within these few verses, which are not directly covered in this discourse, and yet are in verse 33.

“And they cast lots to divide his garments”

“Garments” relate to spiritual coverings, which are attained by progressing along the path of the Christ. One cannot enter heaven within having attained the correct garments. Elsewhere this is also referred to as being appropriately dressed for a wedding.

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1 Reference deliberately omitted. The saying was given verbally to a small group of people in a retreat setting. Permission to directly use and name the person has not been given, nor was it sought by this author.

2 Elimination requires awareness of an issue. The elimination technique, although simple, is not appropriate to be revealed as a footnote of an essay, suffice to say that it requires a simple and direct prayer.

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