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Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

— Hebrews 12:2

It was me that put him on the cross. It was my sins that puts him there.

What I love about this passage is what it tells me about who Jesus was, and who Jesus is for us today. He's just been horrendously tortured, he's been humiliated. He's been mocked. And now he's hanging on a cross with nails in his hands on his feet. And he's between two criminals. And yet he hasn't committed a crime. He doesn't deserve to be there. He's done nothing wrong. And when I think about this passage, I try to imagine what I would have done in his place what prayer I might have prayed. And I certainly can't imagine praying what Jesus prayed. In his, probably his darkest moment, his moment of agony and distress and suffering. He asked God to forgive the people that have done this to them, he asks God to forgive the people that have tortured him, and the people that are murdering him, what an incredible thing to do. In that situation. Probably what you would expect anybody else to do is to be angry in that situation at the injustice and be praying and asking God, why aren't you stopping this? I don't deserve to be here. Why don't you do something about it? or potentially, because Jesus knows that this is part of God's plan. He knows that he's going to rise again. He's going to have the victory, as horrific as it is to go through. He could have been tempted to pray to his father and say, Father, it's okay. We know. We've got the victory here. We know that soon they'll see how wrong they are to do this. Soon, they'll see what a big mistake they've made. He doesn't pray that either. Instead, it's this incredible moment of humility and grace and mercy and compassion, all rolled into one. And what that means for me today, I feel is that when I mess up when I get things wrong, when I'm not in a good place, I know that when I come to Jesus, that he meets me with that same compassion, that same love that same mercy and grace. That's how he is towards me. And that is an amazing thing.

— Lisa

How different are the two reactions from the criminals? I do wonder how I would have reacted would I have been all defeated and just looked at the current situation joined in with the crowd. But like the first criminal, was shouting at Jesus, some Messiah you are? Save yourself save us. I mean, look at him Jesus is dying he is in pain like me? How can you be God? Yes, by all accounts, have these done amazing things at the moment. Those things don't seem to be happening. At the moment, it's all gone a bit wrong, it's gone extremely wrong, seems to be over and with a crowd, or would have said what if it's true, what if he's God, what if he loves me like the other criminal? Man, he's just forgiven those that have tortured him as they're currently mocking him, including the other guy on the cross. For what I've seen, he's not done anything wrong. They can't even think of a great placard to some of what he's supposed to have done. And if I was that other criminal, I know, I deserve this. This was the price for my bad deeds. But he doesn't deserve it. He was going through with it. Some of the miracles I've heard he did surely could have do another one. That will get him off this cross if you wanted to. Perhaps on like that other criminal. That's why I'd like to think I'm gonna ask him if he'll have me. And Jesus says, today, you'll be with ME in paradise. I believe this is what we can expect from Jesus. When we cry out in whatever situation whatever time of life as a child, an adult on our deathbed, Jesus doesn't, and didn't hold a grudge. The criminal said, Oh, Jesus, remember me? And Jesus replies, today, you'll be with me in paradise, I believe. And this story shows us God's character, that when we ask anything of Jesus he hears listens and response to us.

— Dan