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‘They do not know what they are doing’ – Defending words!
The 23rd chapter of Luke; reading about the crucifixion of Jesus, you feel the animosity towards those who put Jesus through such brutal treatment. This crowd was impossible to comprehend. They wanted Barabbas, a murderer to be released and were determined instead, to see a Savior humiliated. And who exactly were among the crowd? – The Big bosses, their followers and of course the religious leaders. I mean, just look at their behavior, their cold heartedness and their false accusation. Imagine the misleading and false hype they wanted to create among the crowd by targeting the innocent.
Jesus’ response? – Despite their brutal torture, intense physical and heart wrenching emotional pain, there is a contrasting reaction that makes you wonder ‘Are they villainous or just plain senseless.’ To me, sadly, the latter seems to be apt.
Who humiliates the one on your side to support the one who is not? Holds true even now. The one who is willing to genuinely help you seems less popular on your list than the one who in reality might not be on your side. What then can be said? Has genuineness and straightforwardness lost its place in the world today? Certainly, it is tough to take in. But then, you realize this has been happening since the time of Jesus. And, the best way you face a similar situation is by following the example set by Jesus.
‘Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.’
And if Jesus said it, yes, maybe they really do not know what they are doing.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.