“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ and they divided His garments and cast lots.” - Luke 23:34 NKJV
Around the world, Christians celebrated Palm Sunday. The day Jesus made His triumphant entry through Jerusalem. They waved palms as they cried out, “Hosanna.” They shouted aloud with tones of jubilee, but their words are directly translated as “save us.” Here is the King of Glory riding through the city as the people cry out, save us! What is the cost of salvation? Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost; and as Jesus rides the colt, He realizes that He is stepping further into His purpose for coming. Jesus endured their cries and loud shouts, knowing that it would not be long before they were crying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.” Why? Could it be that their cries from the streets of Jerusalem and the shouts that bombarded Pontius Pilate were the same? Save us! Crucify Him! Jesus knew the cost of salvation; hence the reason He could pray for their forgiveness. They did not know that they were thrusting Him into their redemption. They hung Jesus in between two criminals because they did not know. They mocked Him because they did not know. They plucked the hair from His face because they did not know. But Jesus did. He knew His assignment, and He knew what it would take to complete His assignment.
The question here is… Do you? Have you discovered your purpose and assignment? When believers understand our assignment, we understand the challenges that come along with it. We understand the temptations and the battles. This is not to say that it is any easier because it certainly is not; however, vision and purpose provides fuel for the mind to endure, and even to forgive. Ask the Lord today to reveal your assignment to you. Forgive someone, and endure because everything in your life is pushing you closer to your destiny.