Throughout his writings, Luke focused on the theme of forgiveness—a theme that culminates when Jesus, suffering on the cross, asks the Father to forgive those who placed Him there. Jesus’ prayer was not a plea for God to ignore sin, Alistair Begg points out; rather, it reflected Christ’s desire for sinners to repent and receive God’s grace. One thief on the cross responded pridefully to God’s gift—but the other demonstrated a willingness to humbly accept the offered promise.
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