Luke 23:33-34

I have always found Jesus’ instruction to love our enemies to be one of the most difficult commands in all of Scripture.  It’s one thing to say that we don’t wish them ill; it’s another thing altogether to want the best for them. 

But there, in those moments when the nails were driven into His hands, Jesus set us an example.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  (Luke 23:34)

Though man sentenced Him to death, Jesus knew this battle was not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). 

And those soldiers nailing Him to the cross were adversaries only in the physical realm.  He remained on that cross for their salvation as much as for mine.

It is love beyond my comprehension.  It is mercy unlike what any other man has ever shown. 

He was unlike any other man.

Even in His death.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven … If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? … Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  ( Matthew 5:43-45,46-48 )