[This is the first in a series of posts during Easter week talking about the seven statements of Christ on the cross.]
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
The men involved in the crucifixion were unaware of the gravity and importance of what they were doing. There may have been some—like the centurion who commented that he believed Jesus was the son of God—who had a small understanding. Yet, I think even the disciples who had spent years with Christ were still very much in the dark of what it all meant.
Thankfully God does forgive us. God forgives because of the work of Christ on the cross. Jesus shed His blood as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins.
Even on the cross Christ was thinking about the forgiveness of others. Which, of course, was His purpose in this world to begin with.