Feb. 21, 2021
Father, Forgive Them
Luke 23:32-34; Luke 6:27-28, 32, 35-36; Matthew 18:21-33
“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for THEY do not know what they are doing...’”
2. Who Are They
“But I [Jesus] say to you, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them…But love your enemies, do good…Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luke 6:27-28, 32, 35-36
a. The ____________ who nailed Jesus to a cross.
b. The ____________ who demanded Jesus’s execution.
c. ____________, who treated Jesus with nothing but hatred.
d. ____________, who, with crumbling convictions, refused to stand firm against the crowd.
e. The ____________ leaders who failed to see he was the long-awaited Messiah.
f. ____________, the betrayer.
g. ____________, the denier.
h. It is also ____________.
3. This Is Amazing, Inconceivable, And Unimaginable ____________
4. The Significance Of This Prayer
a. Jesus fulfilled ____________.
“…he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
b. Jesus modeled the importance of ____________.
“This…is how you should pray: 'Our Father…”
c. Jesus revealed humanity’s greatest ____________.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
d. Ignorance does not equal ____________.
“…for they do not know what they are doing...”
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…”
5. Application: When Someone Hurts You, Pray
a. Pray for those who ____________ you.
“…bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
>>> My prayer for others may or may not change them, but it always changes me.
“You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
b. Pray for ____________.
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil…If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
>>>This is why forgiving others so ____________.
>>>This is why it so important to say, “I’m ____________.”
“For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
c. Jesus Is Praying For ____________!
“Christ Jesus…who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
d. We are called to imitate ____________.
>>>The example of ____________.
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”