Week 30, Day 5
July 29, 2022
Scripture: Luke 23
“When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” (Luke 23:33–34)
“It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming.” S.M. Lockridge
Sunday is coming in just a couple of days where we will gather to celebrate the risen Jesus. We do this each week, meeting on the first day to celebrate the new life we all share in through the power of Christ.
Part of what we will celebrate is the kindness of God, displayed on the cross. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus speaks a blessing over us on the cross. As a dying patriarch would pass blessings along to his children (think Joseph), so Christ looks down from the cross and passes along blessings. In this case it is welcoming us all into his family, and offers us the blessing of forgiveness.
This gift of life is why we gather each week, to look heavenward and say, “thank you Lord for forgiveness and new life in the kingdom of God.”
Gather Sunday to celebrate the crucified and risen King Jesus.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.