F is for ‘Father forgive them’ and friends

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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On the first Good Friday Jesus Christ had been nailed to a wooden cross and was dying a criminal’s death between two convicted criminals on crosses either side of him. He prayed to his heavenly Father, that he would forgive the people, who had brought about his crucifixion and those who were dividing up his clothes. ‘Father, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing.Luke 23:34

Jesus had taught his disciples (Letter D) about forgiveness. When they asked him how many times they should forgive someone and suggested seven times, Jesus had replied, ‘Seventy times seven’. This is a large enough number that anyone would have lost count. Thus he was teaching that forgiveness should always be practised. He demonstrated this in his own life. Matthew 18:21-22

Jesus claimed to be one with the Father. He could have been too high and mighty to have friends, but he told his disciples, ‘I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.John 15:15 (NIVUK)

My Theme Reveal contains links to the Easter story in the New Testament.