After asking Father God to forgive, Jesus made an intriguing statement: “They do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Sin had veiled man’s understanding of just who was being crucified. Some, like the Pharisees, consciously closed their eyes. Others had their vision blocked by the cares of life. “They did not know what they were doing”, when they turned their back on the Saviour.
This does not absolve anyone of waywardness. No one is without fault. We have all chosen our own way (Isaiah 53:6). Paul the Apostle wrote, “that which is know about God is evident within them; God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19,20). Later, Paul says, “they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Romans 1:25).
So, what is it that “they do not know”? They do not know that true spirituality and righteousness is the result of appropriate relationship with God. Human beings can do a lot on their own. God said his creation of man was “good” (Genesis 1:26-31). But, we cannot fulfill our true glory, our true purpose, our true potential, until we connect with the person of God himself. This is the first act of true worship and the basis of all acts of worship thereafter.
Every act of sin can be traced back to a decision not to recognize who God is and respond appropriately. Repentance can be defined as changing what we believe about God, resulting in a lifestyle of worship. Jesus Christ is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Just looking at the example of his life on earth, we know that God is love. We know God is just and kind. We know that he heals, forgives, and restores. We know that, without him, mankind has no hope. Because of his very person, we have all the motivation we need to worship him.
Recently, I heard that a young man tried to take his own life by setting himself on fire. Sadly, he did not know what he was doing. In taking such an extreme step, he did not see that a loving, caring God was within his reach. He chose to let the cares of life blind his vision of the most magnificent being, God Almighty, for Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)
Some glorious day, all of humanity will literally see Jesus Christ on the throne. There will be others who will say, “we did not know what we did”. But, there will also be people who will have believed who God really is and, as a result, lived a lifestyle of worship. They will rejoice with inexpressible joy. We appreciate your Comments