Excruciating

Christ's prayer, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do," became a kind of sermon or word which converted the thief. In the same instance the thief's faith was immediately put to the test. For very soon afterward He who had promised him that he should be with Him in paradise sighs and says, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

This was the one upon whom the thief had built his hope!


It is much easier to suffer on account of one's sin than to suffer because one relates herself to God.
kierkegaard

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