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The final words of Jesus on the cross: JESUS PRAYS (Part 1 of 7)

Last words of Jesus on the crossWHEN DID HE PRAY?
When Jesus could do nothing more what did He do – He prayed.  His hands were nailed down, His feet where nailed down, His disciples had deserted Him, what could He still do – PRAY!
WHAT DID HE PRAY?
In the heat of the pain and the suffering if is a prayer of forgiveness.  However Jesus does not say “Father I forgive them!’ Instead He prayed ‘Father, would You forgive them!’ (Emphasis added)
If Jesus had forgiven His persecutors then God would still have had to ensure that justice prevailed. BUT if God forgave them (at Jesus’ request) then justice would not be demanded.  This is the ultimate forgiveness!  A forgiveness which would exempt mankind from the penalty of his actions.
TO WHOM DID HE PRAY?
Jesus prays to His Father. In this moment He acknowledges God and His ‘sonship’ in God.  When we go through hard time what do we say? SUGGESTION: Where is God?  Jesus, on the other hand, does not doubt His Father and turns and prays: ‘Father”.
FOR WHOM DID HE PRAY?
He prayed for others.  He prayed for people who had done Him a great injustice.  He included everyone in His prayer.  He prayed for one of man’s greatest needs – FORGIVENESS!  He prayed for all of mankind!  He prayed for you and me.

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