Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 25: An Intercessor
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 25th, 2013

Isaiah 53:12 …. yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Luke 23:34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Aren't you happy that God overlooks our ignorance? Even when we were in our sins, the bible says God overlooked our ignorance (Acts 17:30) and while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). We come into this world completely ignorant of the sacrifices of our own parents, let alone the Sacrifice of our Creator. Our nature is to rebel against His holiness. Our predisposition is to question every immutable word of God as if we were equals in a high school debate. Our ideas are about our own glorification and will over and against the will of God. But God, in His infinite wisdom and great mercy decides to overlook our questions, our accusations and our transgressions.

How vivid of a representation of these statements as the picture we see the very ones who were crucifying our Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Imagine our Lord's instant forgiveness when after they had nailed Him to the cross and He hangs there bleeding, He prays a prayer in fulfillment of the prophesy by Isaiah. A simple prayer on behalf of His tormentors. Even though they were simple words, they were way more than you and I would utter in the same circumstance. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Father forgive them in their ignorance.

I don't claim to know all of my transgressions against God. I can't know them. Jeremiah tells us that we can't even know our own hearts (Jeremiah 17:9-10). But God knows our hearts (Acts 15:8) and the scary (yet comforting) thing is that He sees everything and He still forgives us. Not only does He forgive us in our ignorance, but also when we realize we have sinned and then come to Him in sincere repentance.

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