Gospels In Harmony – “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

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Gospels In Harmony – Part 130

Mat 27:33-37, Mar 15:22-26, Luk 23:33-38, Joh 19:19-22

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

[Study Aired September 6, 2022]

Mar 15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
Luk 23:33 which is called Calvary,
Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Luk 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided [him], saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Joh 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Joh 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin.
Joh 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Joh 19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
Luke 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
Mar 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received [it] not.

Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Luk 23:37 And (the soldiers) saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Mat 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;
Mar 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

In our last studies, the Jews put Christ on trial, and Pilate did not see where Jesus had done anything worthy of death. The Jews would not let Pilate release him and cried out that he should be crucified, and Jesus was sentenced to death.

Luk 23:13-24 And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.) Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.

The Jews are Jesus’ brothers in the flesh. Just as Joseph’s brothers sought to kill him, the Jews have been seeking to kill Christ. These are both types and shadows of what our brothers in the Christian community are doing, have done, and will continue doing to the true followers of Christ.

Gen 37:18-20 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

Babylon may not literally kill the chosen, but many have been killed physically. However, they definitely do hate us because of our doctrines. God equals this hatred to being a murderer.

1Jn 3:13-15 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Our study this week starts at the location of Christ’s crucifixion.

Mar 15:22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull,
Luk 23:33 which is called Calvary,
Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Jesus is about to be crucified, and He cries out to His Father for forgiveness of everyone that took part in His conviction. “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

This is what we must learn to do. First outwardly and then inwardly. Satan will tempt us to not forgive our accusers and to fear them. Christ is our example, and he is within his elect and gives them the strength to forgive. Jesus taught forgiveness when he shared how to pray.

Mat 6:6-15 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus is facing judgment, and “as he is, so are we in this world.”

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

The people have no sympathy for Christ and His Christs. They wanted to see Him die a miserable death. Even today we are hated because we have the mind of Christ and are spiritually crucified by their hatred of the doctrines of Christ.

Continuing with our verses.

Joh 19:19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Joh 19:20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin.
Joh 19:21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
Joh 19:22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.

The chief priests are angry with Pilate for the label he gave to Christ for all to see. Those in Babylon do not believe that Christ, as is known by the elect, is the true King of the Jews. They believe in another Jesus. They believe in a Jesus that will set up a worldly kingdom somewhere on a planet called “heaven” or on the “new earth”. We were all there yesterday, so we must “forgive them, for they know not what they do”.

Luk 23:35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided [him], saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
Luk 23:36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
Mar 15:23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received [it] not.
Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Luk 23:37 And (the soldiers) saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
Mat 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there;

Christ stands alone. All his disciples have denied him and the Pharisees, Sadducees, and all the Jews do not know that he is their Messiah. This fulfills his words he foretold his disciples. Also the scripture of the old testament are fulfilled.

Psa 22:16-19 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.

Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Mat 26:31-35 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee. Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

Mat 26:55-56 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

We are all guilty of forsaking Christ and convicting Him without just cause. We do this by returning to our old ways after losing our first love. We spent three and a half years, symbolically, walking with Christ, yet we deny Him. We charge Him with blasphemy and sentence Him to death because we do not understand His doctrines. Christ has forgiven us, the elect, firstly so that we can follow in His steps and become “The King of the Jews” and reign with Him in the ages to come.

Rev 1:4-6 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Christ is crucified on the third hour.

Mar 15:25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

The third hour is of great significance. ‘Three’ is equal to “The Process of Spiritual Completion Through Judgment”. This third hour is the beginning of the process of judgment for Christ and He still must suffer until there is no more “fleshly life” remaining.

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