Eighty-five-year-old Betty was chatting about her grandson’s upcoming wedding. “The reception is going to be on a boat, and the invitation said there will be lots of food and dancing. I asked John if he would dance with me, and he said he wouldn’t.”
“I said I would,” her husband immediately corrected.
Granted, Betty cannot hear in one ear; and were it not for a hearing aid in the other, she would be totally deaf. If only Betty had heard her husband correctly the first time, her heart would not have missed a moment of anticipated pleasure.
As with Betty, hearing or not hearing what was actually said can make all the difference. You probably heard the word “forgiveness” last Friday. After all, that is the focal point of Good Friday–forgiveness for sinners–isn’t it? But did you hear what Jesus cried in the beginning pains of His six-hour crucifixion? Or did you miss it?
The iron nails had just been hammered into His hands and feet and the wooden cross heaved up and then dropped into its slot. As His public humiliation began, the Son of God pierced heaven with this plea: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34 NIV).
It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it? Jesus wants God to count His sacrifice as forgiveness for those who do not know they are sinning as well as for those who do.
Jesus died once for all. For all sinners–knowing and unknowing–and for all time. Don’t miss it!