"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
From the agony of the cross Jesus cried out with a loud voice, -"It is finished!" He wasnít merely referring to His suffering but for the redemption of those lost in sin. He was saying, the price has been paid and a path has been made from death to life eternal. From guilt and shame to forgiveness and justification. Humanityís debt was canceled for all who would turn from their sins and receive the righteous sacrifice of the Lamb of God.
How marvelous was the triumph of Godís divine love. When man had done his very worst - when the vileness of the human heart was displayed in all its ugliness - when the creature executed the Creator - Jesus pleaded, -"Father, forgive them, for they donít understand what they are doing."
When man had done his worst, Jesus prayed not for justice, but for mercy.
From the cross, beaten, naked and enduring the shame, Jesus was pleading for divine mercy for those who were killing Him while hurling their insults.
The very hands that healed the sick and raised the dead, received the nails at the cross. The feet that left heavenís throne received the nails that day. And yet while gasping for air, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them."
And even now Jesus always lives to make intercession for us. Who can separate us from the love of God? "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, ĎFor Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.í But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced. . .that nothing is able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom.8)