This is the kind of King we follow, a King whose standard is the cross. Many look at the cross and see Christ's suffering and death for them, a "full and perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world," and indeed this is one of the profound and powerful truths of the cross. But there is more.
When I look at the cross, I see a divine
love story centered on a God who suffered to save the human race. This love is selfless
and sacrificial -- a parent dying for a child, a lover dying for the beloved.
Ultimately, the cross is a sign of the lengths to which God will go to save us
from sin and brokenness. It reminds us that forgiveness came at a great price.
Luke includes the words Jesus prayed
from the cross, words that I find utterly astounding, a prayer transcending
space and time, offered on Calvary for all people everywhere: "Father,
forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)
-- Adam Hamilton in The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of