Rather than focusing on the crucifixion of Jesus as a tragedy, what if you looked at it as a step toward a great understanding . In its purest form, Jesus in his words tells us “The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear. What if Judas was simply playing a part as a catalyst so that Jesus could demonstrate the unreality of death, eternal life?
Pontius Pilate foolishly believed he had any power over the situation, ultimately demonstrating that there is no power in external circumstances The only power lies with God.
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
In Truth, God does not forgive, because God has never condemned, but this statement takes on more meaning if we read it as, “Father, I forgive them for they know not what they do.”
In this world, forgiveness is the mightiest of spiritual acts. And, Jesus perfectly modeled unconditional forgiveness even in this extreme setting. There is added power when we call on the Holy Spirit to energize our willingness to forgive.
“… today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)