Did Jesus Ask God to Forgive Those Who Killed Him?

When Jesus hung on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23.34 NRSV). Christians have believed that Jesus was asking God to forgive everyone involved in his condemnation and execution, and some would add Judas in his betrayal of Jesus.According to the four New Testament gospels combined, this saying of Jesus is the first of seven brief sayings he made while hanging on the cross. But only Luke records it. Interestingly, there is significant omi … [Read more...]


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