He was also the spotless Lamb. Not only did nothing escape His lips, but there was nothing in His heart but love for those who had sent Him to the Cross. There was no resentment towards them, no grudges, no bitterness.

Even as they were putting the nails through His hands, He was murmuring, “I forgive you,” and He asked His Father to forgive them too. He was willing to suffer it in meekness for us.

But what resentment and bitterness have not we had in our hearts–toward this one and that one, and over so much less than what they did to Jesus. Each reaction left a stain on our hearts, and the Dove had to fly away because we were not willing to bear it and forgive it for Jesus’ sake.

Roy Hession, The Calvary Road