This week we will explore the heart of the cross: forgiveness. This is the first and most important word from the cross. It is the reason Jesus hangs on the cross and what he offers to those who profess faith in him. Reflecting on the mystery of forgiveness will lead us into deeper awareness of the depravity of sin, the mercy of God, and the importance of forgiveness in our own lives.
In this series, we will explore the seven statements Jesus made while on the cross, just before his death. These words have been a traditional reflection for Christians during the season of lent for thousands of years. In them, we see the whole message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Through the ideas of forgiveness, eternity, provision, despair, thirst, completion, and trust we see how Jesus' death becomes the turning point for all of God's plan of redemption. The mysteries expressed in Jesus' words are too deep to fully understand, but by reflecting on them, we can enter more fully into the central point of our faith: the death of Jesus the God-man on the cross.