Have you forgiven Judas?

Jesus has. Betrayed by Judas into the hands of those who would crucify him, Jesus neither attempted to stop the betrayal nor did he express any bitterness because of it. In his well-known and ultimate forgiveness statement, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34 ), Judas was included.

How could Jesus forgive such horrendous wrong by his own disciple who betrayed him and by those who crucified him? He fully understood the allness, the all-power of God, good, and the absolute nothingness of evil in all its forms. He understood that all such things could only “work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28 ). And, of course, that is just what happened. The crucifixion made possible Jesus’ resurrection from death, which forever stands as proof that evil in any form, including death, has no power whatsoever.

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