The relentless love of Christ

The relentless love of Christ is evident each step of the way but it is best seen as he goes to the cross. The disciples boast, sleep, flee and finally deny, but he loved them to the end. He was betrayed but he loved the betrayer. He was abandoned but he loved those who abandoned him. When the ear of one of his captors was cut off, he restored it to wholeness. He was mocked and tormented and he loved his mockers and his tormentors. He was scourged and he loved his scourgers. He was denied and he loved his denier. He was crucified and he loved his executors. A thief appealed to him and was given the gift of paradise. And before anyone thought of asking for forgiveness he said, “Father, forgive them.”

-adapted from John S. Spong

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