It was a Friday.....just like any other Friday. Longinus, the Roman Centurion in charge of executing the procedures for all crucifixions had just completed his duties of crucifying two thieves. It had been a busy week and Longinus was looking forward to some rest and spending time with friends. Looking back on the week, Longinus told a fellow soldier........."it's a good thing there are no more planed executions today, as we are out of wood to make the crosses." Longinus then began his last duty of the morning by making a quick visit to the dungeons to check with his commanding officer before leaving for the day....little did he know that his life was about to change forever and the immortal words..."Longinus, for all that you are about to do, I forgive you" would live in infamy. Forgiven tells of the encounter between Jesus' last hours and the man who would nail him to the cross......an encounter that would not only change a man's life, but the course of history.
CAIAPHAS, THE HIGH PRIEST, LOOKS UPON THE EXECUTION...........
"LOOK AT HIM NOW..........THIS JESUS, WHO CLAIMS TO BE THE MESSIAH AND PROCLAIMS TO HAVE SUCH GREAT POWERS...........LOOK AT HIM NOW.......HA! WHAT POWERS HAS HE NOW OVER ROMAN JUSTICE!!!?? THIS BLASPHEMER HAS EARNED THIS DEATH AND I HAVE AGAIN SAVED THE TEMPLE FROM ROMAN DESTRUCTION AND HAVE ENDED THIS MAN'S JOURNEY OF DREAMS..................THIS WILL SERVE TO ALL TO HAVE POWERS GREATER THAN ME. I WILL DESTROY THEM JUST AS I HAVE THIS JESUS."
Is This Book for You?
Looking for meaning in your life, not sure where to turn for answers as to why life's events has turned your life upside down? Do you feel that no one cares and that you continue to look for answers that will give some meaning to your life? Forgiven gives us the missing story about one man whose life had been wrapped in violence, torture, and death only to meet a man by the name of Jesus whose last hours on this earth came together in one final monumental encounter that gave Longinus a new vision to where love, hope, and a purpose took him to new heights which changed not only his life but those he encountered on his journey.
Psychologists tell us that most of us just try and "get through" this life we own. We go through our daily routines giving very little thought about who we are and what our life is about. In her book entitled the "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying," Bronnie Ware tells of a study by a nurse who interviewed a number of patients in palliative care who were at the end of their life hoping to share with the world the lessons of living before death knocks on our door. The number one regret by this study, and this has been duplicated in other studies as well, is that we mourn over the fact that we never pursued our life's dreams and aspirations. This is what this story is about........it's about one man turning his life around from executing individuals for whatever reasons the Roman government decided, to a life of compassion, love, and a purpose. Where the focus of one's life is not on ourselves, but on others. Where one's purpose is found in helping others and knowing that another life has found meaning because you shared God's story of forgiveness (getting rid of the guilt), and love (caring for others and taking the focus off of us). This was Jesus' message to all who open their hearts and minds to Him… to find purpose for our lives and the confidence we need to make a difference in the world around us.