instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Saturday, April 04, 2009

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Christians quote these words to each other often, in grappling with the puzzles Jesus' message of forgiveness raises.

This is not a doctrinal statement, though. It's not even a juridical statement, like Jesus' earlier, "Your sins are forgiven."

This is a prayer, offered by Jesus Christ on the cross to the Father for those who crucified Him.

If you add "and He was heard" to that, you've got the Gospel.